Darren Till had a rough couple of days.
Not only did the streaking welterweight contender miss weight for his UFC Liverpool main event, he also went five rounds against former division title contender, Stephen Thompson, only to have his unanimous decision victory called into question over hometown judging.
And one of those critics just so happened to be “Wonderboy.”
“I’d like to think of the judges as being professional and focusing on the fight and not what the fans are doing,” Thompson told The MMA Hour. “People were saying that every time a punch would whiff by you — not even make contact — the crowd was going crazy. I don’t know. That could be a possibility, yeah.”
Till walked away with controversial scores of 48-47, 49-46, 49-46.
In an effort to prove he was the better (and not more popular) man, Till recently offered to rematch Thompson in the United States, far away from the influence of his Liverpool fan base, just as soon as the promotion can get it signed.
“You’ve got all these experts out here saying this, saying that, because it was in Liverpool,” Till said. “If anyone wants me to go to America and fight Stephen again, [and] Stephen definitely wants it and he’s not injured, I can do that as soon as possible, that rematch.”
I’m sure Thompson would love to run it back and keep his place atop the 170-pound leaderboard.
In the meantime, Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington will collide at UFC 225 for the next crack at the 170-pound crown, currently held by Tyron Woodley, with Kamaru Usman nipping at their respective heels.
So ... who wants another round (or five) of Till vs. Thompson?