Ufc fight night 130 – darren till vs. stephen thompson predictions, fight card, odds – wdef gas and water socialism


“He has a great style, very intelligent but I’m just bigger, stronger, more precise, more accurate and more intelligent with my movements,” Till told MMACrazyTV.com. “I feel like it’s going to be one-way traffic. I don’t think he’s going to give me any problems, I really don’t.

After fighting to a disputed draw and close decision loss to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, Thompson bounced back last November to dominate Jorge Masvidal. But with Woodley on the shelf due to injury, UFC chose to book Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington for an interim title bout at UFC 225 on June 9, leaving Thompson as the odd man out despite being ranked in the top spot.

“I understand I fought for the title twice. The first one was a draw, which was an amazing fight, we ended up getting ‘Fight of the Night,’” Thompson told FloCombat.com. “The second fight people thought it wasn’t very entertaining but if you keep winning and you’re still No. 1, why do these guys not have to face me? They’re kind of jumping past me a little bit. Now I’m fighting the No. 7 guy. It’s a little disappointing to be honest with you that I didn’t get the fight with RDA.

“I don’t like it. I don’t like that decision. They’re just handing out interim titles left and right. To me, that’s a touchy subject because if [Woodley] says he’s ready to fight in August, why even have an interim title? Why even have it? Just say the next guy is going to get the title shot. Why even have the interim title? The interim titles are not doing good for the actual title holder. It just diminishes the value of it.” UFC Fight Night Liverpool fight card, odds Favorite

“I was surprised [Thompson accepted the fight] because I know he thought that I wasn’t worthy of him and he wanted to wait for the title shot,” Till said. “UFC convinced him and it is what it is. He thinks he’s probably just coming in to beat me and get back to business, but I’ve got other things on my mind. I’m coming in to take his spot.

“It’s going to be amazing, honestly. It’s going to be certainly incredible and something never seen before, I can guarantee that. But I just think the fight is going to be a very violent fight. I want to hit him and he wants to hit me. It’s going to be violent and I feel like I’m going to stop him within three rounds. I’m going to stop him.

“I really don’t think about it,” Thompson told ESPN. “I know it’s kind of a hard situation because, sure, if I do lose, then I’ve lost my No. 1 spot. And if Tyron keeps winning, I’ll probably have to win one or two more fights to get another title shot.

“But I’m in this game to test myself against the world’s best. I’m 35, but I consider myself a young 35. I’ve got time. Right now, I’m along for the ride. If I go out and put on a good show and beat Darren Till, then I’m still the No. 1 contender. Right now, it’s like, ‘Hey, go out and solidify that No. 1 spot so they have to give it to me.’” Prediction

For as great as Till has looked, it’s hard to determine whether this is too much, too soon for “The Gorilla.” While Till surely looked impressive in stepping up in class to take out Cerrone, the fading veteran was fresh off a pair of violent losses. Facing someone of Thompson’s technical difficulty is a whole new ballgame.

The wildcard in this scenario, however, is the positive effect that the home-field advantage might have for Till. The card marks UFC’s debut in Liverpool, where the atmosphere is expected to be electric and could lift Till to an inspired performance.