Liverpool England on May 27th has its’ headline fight! The hometown superstar Darren Till will take on former title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Both fighters coming off wins over ranked opponents. Wonderboy picked apart #6 Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Till was last seen blitzing through #11 Donald Cerrone in the first round, at UFC fight night London.
Stephen Thompson has fought Tyron Woodley twice for the UFC welterweight title. The first fight was amazing and ended in a draw. The second fight was a snooze fest. One of the most boring fights I’ve ever seen, with Woodley taking a decision win.
Since then Wonderboy has only fight once, which was the Masvidal fight. Prior to the title fights he had won 7 fights in a row, including 4 by TKO/KO. His karate and kickboxing background make him a tough test for anyone in the division. His angles, movement, and kicks are out of this world.
Now Darren Till; he is a monster! His last fight against Cerrone was his first main event, he destroyed Cerrone in 4 minutes. Broke his nose with an elbow and from then on broke Cerrone until the referee saved him.
Darren Till has an undefeated record of 16-0-1. Has 10 wins by TKO/KO and 2 submission wins. His nickname is the “The Gorilla”; his fighting style matches that monicker. He trained Muay-Thai in Brazil, as well as in London. He is massive for the weight class being 6 feet tall, weighing in at over 200lbs walking around, before his cut to 170lbs.
This fight will decide who the next title challenger is after the winner of Covington/Dos Anjos. Stephen Thompson is #1 contender while Darren Till sits at #8. Their styles are similar; Thompson is a Karate/Kickboxing fighter, Till is a Muay-Thai/boxing style fighter. To me this fight will be a war. It’s impossible for this fight to be boring. With that being said, I feel like the Muay-Thai of Till will be the difference. Fighting in close quarters in a brawl type atmosphere is where he prefers it. Official pick Darren Till by 4th round TKO!
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