MMA Preview – Stephen Thompson vs Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130


When is UFC Fight Night 130? Sunday 27th May, 2018 - 16:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 130? Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK

What channel is UFC Fight Night 130 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 130? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 130?



The UFC arrives at Liverpool for the very first time and it’s all for the ‘The Gorilla’ – Darren Till. The proud Liverpudlian has blazed onto the scene after a string of impressive performances including his dismantling and destruction of Donald Cerrone which has fast-tracked him to the top of the welterweight pile and a meeting with former title challenger Stephen Thompson.

‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is at the top of the food chain when it comes to striking. The unbeaten Kickboxing champion rose to 13-1 before taking on Tyron Woodley for the title but narrowly fell short on two attempts. On the way he knocked out some of the best fighters in the division, including the current middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

The anticipation for this fight is fizzing. The confidence and charisma of Till has made sure everyone is talking about him, and combining this with the compelling stylistic match-up of another elite and exciting fighter, makes this fight unmissable.


This will be a stand-up battle of the highest calibre with intriguing contrast. Wonderboy is patient and will look to conduct the distance as usual, just staying out of the range of Till and utilize his bouncing, in-and-out movement to counter strike with deadly accuracy.

Till, on the other hand, will be aggressive and look to close the distance, get his opponent up against the fence and hurt Wonderboy as much and as often as possible with powerful combinations.

The deciding factor in this fight will be distance control. If Wonderboy can keep circling and keep moving to subdue the pressure of Till, he’ll be able to show off his world class technique to find the knockout from a range where he cannot be hit back.

Till can neutralize Thompson himself by cutting him down with footwork and controlling the centre of the octagon. If he can get close and even pin him to the fence and combine 1-2’s, uppercuts and elbows he can brutally pick Wonderboy apart.

You can’t bet against Thompson in a stand-up battle and this is the biggest test possible of Till’s striking credentials so if he succeeds the hype is real. Although they have the same dimensions, Till will enter the cage bigger, heavier and stronger but his confidence will be crucial.

Many fighters hesitate to throw in front of Thompson which just plays into his hands but there will be zero hesitation from Till and there is just something about his confidence/arrogance that makes you feel that he is the real deal.

Winner: Till via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.