The UFC’s #8 ranked welterweight Darren Till earned very technically fought decision over the #1 Stephen Thompson in the UFC Liverpool main event. The bout got off to a bit of a slow start, with each athlete showing a lot of respect for the other. There was a lot of feinting and measuring taking place, mixed in with a few leg kicks here and there and a few crosses being exchanged. Till scored a huge knockdown that dropped Thompson in the final round, which was surely the biggest blow of the entire bout.
**It should be noted that Darren Till missed weight by 3.5 pounds
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of round five from Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till:
Round 5 – Man hug to start. Inside leg kick from Till. Thompson just misses with a right head kick. Till with a body kick. They pop each other with jabs. They both spin, miss, laugh, and tap gloves. Till finally corners Wonderboy but he still manages to slip away unscathed. Body kick from Till. Till with a pawing right. Body kick from Thompson. Till with two jabs and a hard left! He dropped Thompson! He tried to land GnP, then took the back, but Wonderboy got back up. He lands a hard straight right. Big combo from Wonderboy! Wonderboy with a takedown! Didn’t see that coming. Till gets up immediately. High drama with a minute to go. A lot more feinting and not much engaging. They stare each other down to the horn, then hug. 10-9 Till, but 49-46 Thompson.
Till found a knockdown there in the final round:
The crowd was amped to see Till get aggressive:
This sequence seemed to happen quite a bit in the second round:
Here’s some action from the first round: