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Dana White was at a talk at the Wild Card boxing gym with Freddie Roach today, and he made a major announcement: Stephen Thompson, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal, will be travelling across the pond to fight popular English welterweight Darren Till. Till most recently knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC: Gdansk on Fight Pass. Now he gets the opportunity to put himself directly in title contention against another talented striker.
Dana White says he’s moving his UFC card from Orlando, moving it to England so popular Darren Till can fight @WonderboyMMA— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017
The date is Feb. 24 for Till-Wonderboy.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017
The matchup is stylistic gold. There are interesting similarities between the two; Till fights from southpaw and relies on a sharp left straight, a powerful left kick, and excellent timing on his counters. Against Cerrone, Till showed marked improvements, or at least tactical adjustments, pressuring “Cowboy” into the cage. Without space to operate, Cerrone looked stymied, and fell prey to Till’s sharp one-two and vicious follow-up. That pressure game will be interesting to see against the outfighting Wonderboy, who relies on creating space for his darting karate movements and unorthodox arsenal of kicks.
Thompson nearly edged out Tyron Woodley for the belt, but first drew, then lost by majority decision to the champion. Their second fight, at UFC 209, was such a boring waiting game, each fighter too wary to commit to their offense, that Thompson is effectively frozen out of the title picture as long as Woodley is champion. As such, this fight represents a chance for Thompson to hold position and establish dominance over one of the new generation of welterweights moving into the rankings. For Till, beating Wonderboy would put him near the front of the queue for a title shot, right behind the winner of Robbie Lawler-Rafael Dos Anjos.
Here’s the talk with @danawhite @FreddieRoach and Peter Berg. pic.twitter.com/QIbpCctEzO— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017
Who wins this one and how?
This poll is closed
Thompson by decision
Thompson by knockout
Till by decision
Till by knockout
Dana White is also apparently serious about getting into boxing.
Dana White also announcing a boxing venture here at Wild Card West talk.— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017
“I️ am getting into boxing, 100 percent,” @danawhite says...says in works to get promoter’s license— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) November 8, 2017
Great counter-roast by the Predator, Francis Ngannou, over Alastair Overeem.
This guy is funny! He's thinking that on December 2nd he's going to play with a baby animal in the petting ZOO pic.twitter.com/0CdBao4zy3— Francis NGannou (@francis_ngannou) November 7, 2017
Sage really wants this role.
Thanks everyone! I️ would love to play Ivan Drago’s son in Creed 2— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) November 8, 2017
Rory Macdonald embracing his killer instinct is a beautiful thing ...
I’m just leaving this here
o_0 pic.twitter.com/6YvrWE8gGJ— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 7, 2017
Combat sports events this next weekend.
Live Combat Sport Schedule: 11/10 - 11/12— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 7, 2017
Link: https://t.co/cQhyvGvDGC pic.twitter.com/vPliZDd0Ll
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
That, my friends, is called a haymaker.
ONE Championship "superfight" this Friday between LW champ Eduard Folayang and FW champ Martin Nguyen. pic.twitter.com/1Wz7oPtmrx— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 7, 2017
So is this!
The ROAD FC $1 Million Dollar LW Tourny continues this Saturday. The opening round was chaos. Quarterfinals this weekend. pic.twitter.com/OE0hCmL8iz— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 7, 2017
A reminder that GSP landed a wheel kick this weekend.
November 6, 2017
In case you want to relive the finishes one more time:
All the finishes! One of the best cards ever #UFC217 pic.twitter.com/8khqRwBUQ6— Amy (@AmyMMA) November 5, 2017
This is also an all-time great fighting moment we cannot ever let ourselves forget:
November 8, 2017
- Odds have been released for GSP-Whittaker and TJ-DJ, and I disagree with the oddsmakers on both these fights.
- The fighter who died in the cage last weekend is feeling much better.
- Chael Sonnen explains what he thinks went wrong with Johny Hendricks.
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Outsiders is back, this time featuring the great Jon Fitch, who tells us all about the UFC lawsuit and explains how he got so good at ukelele. He comes on just before the 36-minute mark; when the recording starts, he is talking about his fight with Demian Maia. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!
Beer fanatic Flyin’ Brian J. talks beer pairing for next weekend’s UFC fights. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube.
idk bout you but I been a slink savage pic.twitter.com/6LSEw1wu4H— نيكو (@inokea_) November 7, 2017
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