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Stephen Thompson vs Darren Till official for May 27 in Liverpool

UFC 217: Thompson v Masvidal Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently revealed its plans to make its mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in Liverpool, England, headlined by none other than local hero and undefeated welterweight up-and-comer Darren Till.

Opposing him is former division title contender Stephen Thompson, who heads across the pond for their UFC Fight Night 130 headliner inside Echo Arena on May 27, 2018. The card will air on FOX Sports 1 with “Prelims” on UFC Fight Pass.

What a difference a phone call makes.

Till (16-0-1) scored his biggest win to date by turning away longtime veteran Donald Cerrone last October in Poland. The recovering Thompson (14-2-1), meanwhile, has been arguing with this fellow contender about who deserves the next crack at Tyron Woodley’s crown.

It might be one of these two.

While nothing is official at this time, there’s a strong chance the promotion could finagle a retirement fight for ex-middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who recently expressed interest in a Liverpool swan song.

Stay tuned.

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