UFC Fight Night 130: Stephen Thompson vs Darren Till
This weekend, in Liverpool, England, Stephen Thompson and Darren Till will headline UFC Fight Night 130. The welterweight clash sees the number one ranked fighter in the division come to the undefeated Till’s home city.
Thompson vs Till: Predictions and Betting Tips
Stephen Thompson is a former UFC title challenger and boasts a 14-2-1 professional record. Now 35 years old, the American fighter has proven himself to be an elite striker and boast strong takedown defence. He’s fast and cool-headed in all phases of the fight.
Darren Till comes in as the underdog, despite his undefeated 16-0-1 record. Ranked eighth in the welterweight division, the Englishman is +135 to win this bout with the best UFC bookmakers in Canada. However, the 25-year-old is a very well-rounded fighter and seems to be one of the rising stars in the division.
Thompson is expected to deal with the upstart Till quite convincingly, using his experience and skills to control the fight. However, Till has other ideas. He insists that the American has made a grave error in judgement, despite many saying that this fight is coming too soon for Till.
Till’s well-rounded style certainly makes him a dangerous and versatile foe. On top of this, he’ll have the raucous crowd of the Echo Arena behind him. Then again, Thompson has fought some of the very best that the UFC has to offer, and should have the experience to temper the young Englishman.
Stephen Thompson is the favourite at -181.82, but Till is out to prove that he’s ready for the big leagues. The tricky Englishman shouldn’t be underestimated, and he could certainly make the most of his underdog status.
Tale of the Tape
Stephen Thompson and Darren Till are very evenly matched physically. Both stand 6’0’’ tall and only an inch separates their reach and leg reach. Thompson has an extra inch in reach to Dill’s added inch in leg reach.
Thompson will most likely opt to try to control his opponent with standing strikes. Till is also expected to play the striking game, but his vast repertoire makes him rather unpredictable in the octagon.
Thompson vs Till headlines UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, England on 27 May.