UFC President Dana White is on edge heading into today’s Fight Night event in Liverpool, England.
Not only did hometown star Darren Till miss weight by 3.5 pounds on Saturday, but the Liverpudlian can’t weigh any more than 188 pounds at 1 p.m. local time today, fight day. ‘The Gorilla’ is expected to face top-ranked welterweight contender Stephen Thompson in the main event, who will receive 30 percent of Till’s fight purse.
This is a first for Ultimate Fighting Championship, and head promoter White is obviously disappointed Till botched his weight cut in the biggest fight of his career – especially in his hometown.
“Not the situation I was expecting to be in right now, especially in his hometown,” a disappointed Dana White told MMA Junkie after yesterday’s ceremonial weigh-ins. “You shouldn’t be missing weight in your hometown. Now we’ve got to sweat this thing all night, because he’s got to weigh 188 pounds tomorrow at 1 o’clock when he gets on the bus. So, not a good position to be in.”
If Till weighs in over the 188 pound weight limit on fight day, Thompson could decide to pull out of the fight and cancel the main event. White says such an event would be out of his control and in the hands of ‘Wonderboy’ and his team.
“That’s going to be up to ‘Wonderboy’ and his team,” he said.
UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till takes place later today, May 27 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.