Thompson Talks Problems With Dos Anjos-Covington
Stephen Thompson is days away from the main event of UFC Fight Night Liverpool, but still wants to know the logic of Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington fighting for the interim welterweight title at UFC 225.
Current champ Tyron Woodley is still on the mend from shoulder surgery, and with his return eminent, Thompson doesn’t get the idea of a title fight.
“I don’t think so at all,” Thompson told BloodyElbow.com. “If [Woodley]’s out for another year or two, then probably yeah, I think you should. But if he’s saying he’s gonna be back in July or August, there’s no reason why you should be fighting for an interim title.”
“It almost diminishes the value of the title, because they’re just throwing it out there — it’s like, ‘You can fight for an interim title, sure,’” Thompson said.
“I don’t think they should be fighting for an interim title. If [Woodley] says he’ll be back in July or August, then just say, ‘Hey, the winner of this will fight for the title.’ I don’t know what the UFC is playing at or what their thinking is when it comes to the interim title. But they’re just like, ‘You can fight for it anytime. Anybody can fight for an interim title.’”
Its not just the logic that bothers Thompson, but also the number one ranked middleweight is claiming that politics are holding him back from being in a title match.
“I think it’s just politics,” Thompson said.
“I think that they are trying to make that market out there (in Liverpool). And he’s calling me out, so why not make that happen? I fought for the title twice, and I guess they don’t want to see it again until I prove myself again. I think that’s just what the UFC is thinking.”
Thompson fights Darren Till on May 27th in the UFC’s first event in Liverpool, Till’s hometown.
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