Europe represents a huge market for the UFC. Apart from North and South America, Europe is the biggest market for the UFC. England has always been a home to all sorts of combat sports and MMA resides in the hearts of a lot of Englishmen. The UFC has been catering to the English fans by constantly organising events in London or Manchester every year. However, for the first itme in the history of the company, the UFC are going to Liverpool. UFC Fight Night 130, is going to be contested on May 27, 2018 in the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The event was with a headliner for a long time as the UFC were searching for a dancing partner for Darren Till. They have finally found an opponent for the rising prospect, Till will now face Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in a dream match. Till too has given his reaction about facing Thompson.
It can be argued that the UFC’s welterweight division is currently the most exciting division. It houses exciting top contenders such as Stephen Thompson, Rafael dos Anjos Colby Covington, etc. While also possessing other rising contenders such as Darren Till and Santiago Ponzinibbio. Hence, the fans are certainly in for a treat as the two best strikers in the division are now expected to go toe to toe with each other.
Till who is currently ranked seventh in the division had been calling out the number one ranked Thompson for a long time. While Thompson had been reluctant to accept the bout, as he claimed that he has nothing to gain from this match-up.
The UFC matchmakers have accepted Till’s demands by making a fight with Till. The news was first broken out by BJ Penn.com and it was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. The UFC made the news official by announcing it on their social media handles. Below is the tweet by the UFC’s official Twitter handle:
— UFC (@ufc) March 29, 2018
Till seemed delightful by the official announcement of the fight. He reacted in a video given to MMA Nytt by stating that he believes, Thompson is one of the best strikers in the UFC but he considers himself to be the best. He also claimed that he will knock ‘Wonderboy’ out inside the five rounds.
Below is the video posted by MMA Nytt: