Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White ignited the mixed martial arts community when he told Lance Pugmire of the LATimes that he had booked a welterweight bout between former title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and rising contender Darren Till for February in Till’s hometown of Liverpool, England.
Unfortunately, Thompson, who recently beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 in New York, and his father, Ray Thompson, who also serves as his coach, recently shut down White’s claims. Till, meanwhile, said that he hadn’t heard anything about the potential fight either:
“I hadn’t heard a thing about it,” Till told MMAFighting.com. “Obviously, Dana said what he said — he’s speaking very highly of me since the Cerrone win — and I guess he was thinking that me and Wonderboy would be a really good fight. He was talking about making that fight in England, and of course, everybody immediately started talking about Liverpool. Nothing has been set in stone, but let’s be honest, the next day the whole Internet was talking about it.”
Coming off of a dominant win over Donald Cerrone, Till is in need of a big fight, and although he didn’t take any disrespect from “Wonderboy’s” comments, he also admitted that he’s ready to silence the doubters:
“At the end of the day, everybody has been doubting me since day one and that will always be the case. I’m always going to have people telling me I’m not worthy,” Till said. “To all those people — I just want to say f**k you, because I don’t care about their opinions. The only peoples’ opinions I care about are the people close to me. I’m ready to take on anyone in that division.I’m ready for Wonderboy. If he doesn’t think I’m ready or he’s scared, UFC can just give me someone else. I respect him and I think he’s one of the most respectful fighters in the game. If he doesn’t want to fight me there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Although he wasn’t disrespected, Till also jumped at the opportunity to troll “Wonderboy” on social media:
And if the fight does end up being made, Till feels as if he would finish Thompson in violent fashion:
“Wonderboy is obviously the ideal (opponent) because he’s the highest ranked. If you’re going off rankings, he’s the highest. I’ve always said that rankings don’t matter, but I think I can KO Wonderboy,” he said. “They all think he’s the best striker, so let’s put him against me, a guy who knows he’s the best striker. I’m telling you now that I will knock him out. I’m going to put a big nice gash through his head.”
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