With five wins in five fights inside the Octagon, Darren Till’s UFC career is off to a great start thus far, emphasized by a first-round TKO victory over fan-favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in October.
Now, as reported by MMA Fighting, Till will receive arguably yet another “toughest test yet” kind of bout, as he’ll face former UFC Welterweight Title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on May 27 at UFC Liverpool in what’s likely to be the headline bout of the card.
“I think it’s going to be the most interesting fight I’ll ever have in my life, just because of his fight IQ and mine,” Till said recently on the Obviously Fight Talk podcast. “Let’s see who wins, let’s see who’s the best in the division. Now it’s time to see.”
After coming up short in back-to-back title challenges of Tyron Woodley (one draw and one loss), Thompson, one of the best strikers in the UFC today, got back onto winning ways with a win over Jorge Masvidal back at UFC 217 in November.
Some in the MMA community feel that Till, who is just making a mark on the UFC scene, shouldn’t be facing someone who recently challenged for a title like Thompson. Some feel Till is biting off more than he can chew, even after his win over Cerrone.
But Till feels he and Thompson are on the same level in terms of both striking and grappling.
“Striking-wise, I don’t think it’s too early because I’ve been striking my whole life and so has he,” Till said. “I wouldn’t say [it’s early] in terms of that and even in MMA, I wouldn’t say his wrestling caliber is any better than mine, or his ground game.
As soon as I beat Stephen everyone will know that I’m the best striker in the welterweight division. As soon as I beat him on the 27th then people can stop talking about my hype train…Third-round knockout.
Original Story: MMA Fighting