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Darren Till vs. 'Wonderboy' Thompson official for UFC Liverpool main event



The UFC’s debut in Liverpool now officially has its headliner.

Liverpool native Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) will take on two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) in the main event. The UFC made the headliner official today after it was reported this past week.

UFC Fight Night 130 will take place May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Till is No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. But he’ll meet his highest-ranked opponent yet in “Wonderboy” Thompson, who is No. 2.

Till has won 16 of 17 fights with 12 stoppages. His biggest win to date came in his most recent bout when he picked up a TKO victory over Donald Cerrone in October. That fight in Poland was Till’s first UFC headliner. He’s now 3-0 since a “Fight of the Night” majority draw with Nicolas Dalby in 2015.

Thompson went 0-1-1 in a pair of fights with reigning welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. But in his most recent bout, the 35-year-old rebounded with a decision victory over Jorge Masvidal. A win over the fast-rising Till could give Thompson the momentum he needs for another shot at the belt.

The latest UFC Fight Night 130 card includes:

  • Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Neil Magny vs. Gunnar Nelson
  • Tom Breese vs. Daniel Kelly
  • Trevor Smith vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Brad Scott vs. Salim Touahri
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jason Knight
  • Arnold Allen vs. Mads Burnell
  • Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart
  • Lina Lansberg vs. Gina Mazany

For the latest on UFC Fight Night 130, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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