Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson confirmed for UFC Liverpool main event

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson confirmed for UFC Liverpool main event

The rumoured welterweight bout has been confirmed by the UFC.

By John Balfe - 29 Mar 2018

The UFC’s debut event in Liverpool has secured one hell of a main event.

After much speculation it has been confirmed that Darren Till and Stephen Thompson, two of the welterweight division’s most potent strikers, will meet in a five-round main event in the Echo Arena on May 27th.

Official confirmation of the bout came via the UFC social media team this afternoon.

Darren Till, a native of Liverpool, has become one of the 170-pound division’s most talked about fighters after a first round stoppage of veteran Donald Cerrone in Poland last October. Since that victory Till has been vocal in his desire to bring the UFC to his hometown, a wish which was granted by the UFC brass.

In Thompson, a two-time title challenger at 170-pounds, Till will meet his sternest test yet in his professional career. A world class kickboxer who has also developed a multi-faceted mixed martial arts game, Thompson last competed at UFC 217 in Madison Square Garden in November where he earned a unanimous decision victory against Jorge Masvidal.

The match-up between the two expert stand-up artists is a fascinating contest, with the winner set to be on the bring of title contention in an ever-developing UFC welterweight division.

Yesterday it was announced that Gunnar Nelson will face Neil Magny in the co-main event, while Michael Bisping is actively campaigning to use the event as the stage for the final bout of his career — though it is understood that a potential Bisping bout is in the very early stages of discussions.

Either way, Liverpool fight fans are in for a treat come the end of May.