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Wonderboy: Beating Darren Till will be as ‘easy’ as beating Johny Hendricks

I guess Tyron Woodley isn’t the only one expecting this to be a blowout.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title contender Stephen Thompson is gearing up to fight top division prospect Darren Till in the UFC Fight Night 130 headliner inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on May 27, 2018.

After coming up short against Woodley, Thompson (14-2-1) captured a unanimous decision win over the rough-and-tumble Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Since then, “Wonderboy” has been on the sidelines recovering from injury.

And told Submission Radio his scouting report on Till was “meh” at best.

“I think I’ve faced better strikers. I think Rory MacDonald is a great striker, I think Jorge Masvidal is an excellent striker. I think [Till is] kind of predictable. I think him coming out there, he might have a few tricks up his sleeve, but whenever you’re pushed, whenever you’re pressured you always go back to the way you usually fight. I remember Johny Hendricks coming out there saying he’s got something new, but whenever he was pressured he went back to his old self, and that’s what made it easy.”

Thompson ran through Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82.

Till (16-0-1) scored his biggest win to date by turning away longtime veteran Donald Cerrone last October in Poland and warns that he’s a welterweight version of Conor McGregor. I guess that means it’s not safe to take the bus in Liverpool.

The division is expected to crown an interim champion when Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos collide at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago, so it’s unclear if the winner of Thompson-Till gets that fight or waits for “The Chosen One” to return.

To see who else is fighting at UFC Liverpool click here.

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