UFC Fight Night 130 has not lost its highly-anticipated main event — as of now.
Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson was at risk of being cancelled Saturday morning when Till, the hometown hero, missed weight for the welterweight bout by 3.5 pounds. Till had to deal with a family emergency, UFC officials said, which at least partially led to the weight miss. “Wonderboy,” a former two-time title challenger, ultimately still agreed to the fight, allowing it to proceed as planned, but under a couple certain conditions.
First, Till will forfeit 30 percent of his total fight purse (including bonuses) to Thompson. Second, he must weigh 188 pounds or less on fight-day. The additional weigh-in will occur at 1 p.m. local time, prior to Till’s departure to the arena.
MMAjunkie.com’s John Morgan first reported the news Saturday.
Thompson and his team can be present at the weigh-in if they wish, per MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
If Till weighs in over 188 pounds Sunday afternoon, another negotiation will have to take place between Till, Thompson, and the UFC, per Helwani. It’s not a given the bout will be immediately scrapped if that happens. Michel Prazeres was in a similar situation ahead of a bout against Desmond Green in Belem, Brazil earlier this year. He missed weight at the official weigh-ins and then again on fight day, but Green still accepted the bout, anyway. Green lost a decision.
Till has always been a rather large welterweight. The undefeated contender revealed after a knockout win over Donald Cerrone late last year that he weighed about 200 pounds on fight night — just under 30 pounds heavier than what he weighed the day before.
Granted Till makes weight on Sunday, he will go a potential five rounds with Thompson in the promotion’s debut in Liverpool, England. The card takes place at Echo Arena.