Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight strikers Stephen Thompson and Darren Till will conflict TODAY (Sun, May 27, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 130 inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
A pair of absurdly shut contests with Tyron Woodley left Thompson and not using a title whereas nonetheless being maybe the perfect on the earth. He’ll have a tough time incomes a trilogy match with Woodley, however a brand new champion might emerge at any level, which implies “Wonderboy” higher keep profitable and keep prepared. Meanwhile, Till rose from undercard scrapper to foremost occasion knockout artist final October, asserting himself to the world with an unceremonious bloodbath of Donald Cerrone. One large win doesn’t make a title contender, however a foremost occasion victory reverse the division’s finest striker? Now we’re speaking.
Let’s check out the keys to victory for every athlete:
Key Wins: Rory MacDonald (UFC Fight Night 89), Johny Hendricks (UFC Fight Night 82), Jorge Masvidal (UFC 217), Robert Whittaker (UFC 178)
Key Losses: Tyron Woodley (UFC 211), Matt Brown (UFC 145)
Keys to Victory: Thompson is one in all karate’s finest representatives within the sport. He strikes extraordinarily nicely, confounding opponents by leaping into robust angles to counter or burst from. He additionally has a number of the trickiest kicks within the enterprise, which have helped him rating his seven knockout wins.
Opposite Till, Thompson faces a superb striker, however that is hardly the primary time. Thompson confounded legitimately-skilled combined martial arts (MMA) kickboxers like MacDonald, Masvidal, Whittaker with out subject, exhibiting that his model is a reduce above the standard karate-guy-turned-MMA-fighter.
In this match, Thompson desires to keep away from the pocket except he enters it to counter. To hold Till at bay, his favored facet kick will likely be nice weapon. Plus, Till tends to hold his palms low, that means a difficult spin or hook hook has a good likelihood of catching the chin.
As Till makes an attempt to strain, Thompson can have moments to counter. To keep away from a boring fight and proceed his push in direction of the title, Thompson should benefit from such moments, however it’s essential that he finishes his counters on a protected escape route.
Key Wins: Donald Cerrone (UFC Fight Night 118), Bojan Velickovic (UFC Fight Night 115), Jessin Ayari (UFC Fight Night 109), Wendell de Oliveira (UFC Fight Night 67)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: Till is a violent man. He has a ton of kickboxing and Muay Thai expertise, however within the cage, Till stands in additional of a karate stance and appears to strain his foe with crisp punches hidden behind nice feints. The Englishman has 10 knockout wins on his report.
Till desires this bout to happen within the pocket, ideally with Thompson’s again on the fence. Of the 2 males, Thompson is definitely trickier, however Till has higher elementary boxing and tighter, heavier punches.
Cutting off the cage will likely be essential for Till, and his left kick will likely be a beneficial weapon in doing so. However, Till additionally must stroll into the cage with a plan for when Thompson circles towards his lead hand — Till has a good jab however little else. Whether he commits extra typically to the best hook or change kick, Till must cease “Wonderboy” from freely circling away from his energy.
Lastly, Till must be chopping on the lead leg at any time when doable. Neither man is nice at checking kicks, however Till’s stance is best for truly throwing low kicks, and that may very well be simply the device Till requires to gradual Thompson down.
Bottom Line: The winner is near a title shot.
As talked about, Thompson actually wants Woodley to lose. Whoever wins the upcoming interim title match between Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington is a particular check for “T-Wood,” so Thompson merely has to maintain profitable till one other contender knocks Woodley off the highest.
“Wonderboy” is in a troublesome place with little to realize and every part to lose.
Meanwhile, Till’s star-making efficiency reverse Cerrone was an enormous step in the best path, and UFC has given him an excellent platform to attempt to leapfrog different contenders. Liverpool will go completely insane for its native son if he’s in a position to knockout Thompson, and an area full of individuals demanding Till a title shot could be exhausting to disclaim. The present UFC larger ups have made it clear they don’t give a rattling about divisional state of affairs if the cash is correct, and that is Till’s second to show he’s a part of that particular group deserving of particular circumstances.
Of course, for any of that to also have a likelihood at taking place, Till has to win large this afternoon.
Today at UFC Fight Night 130, Stephen Thompson and Darren Till will duel in the primary occasion. Which fighter will stay standing when the mud settles?