Darren Till responds to UFC champ Tyron Woodley calling him ‘light work’ for ‘Wonderboy’
Following the announcement of Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) vs. Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) for UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27, Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) chimed in on the matchup. He said “Wonderboy,” who is a former two-time challenger to his belt, is going to make “light work” of the undefeated Brit.
Although the matchup certainly represents a step up in competition for Till and his most significant fight to date, he’s confident his performance will open not only the eyes of Woodley, but any one else who doubts he belongs at the top of the 170-pound division.
“I couldn’t really give a (expletive) about what Woodley says,” Till told MMAjunkie. “What does light work actually mean? I don’t know what that means. Is any fight light work? Is he trying to say I’m light work? That just doesn’t make any sense. To me that doesn’t make any sense at all. No one is light work at all. So he can tune in the 27th of May if he thinks anyone is going to make light work of me. I’m going to show everyone.”
Till, who’s No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, said he specifically asked for the Thompson matchup to prove his worth. The 25-year-old put himself on many fans’ radar with a first-round TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 in October, but beating Thompson would legitimize him to an even greater degree.
Some other matchups were floated to Till before Thompson was locked in, and while he was willing to take on any of the welterweight contenders, he said he’s happy he got his wish.
“They were wanting to book me against a good striker so we could have a good war and give the fans a good fight,” Till said. “We talked about (Jorge) Masvidal, but he wasn’t ready. Then they had plans with (Rafael dos Anjos) and Colby (Covington) then (Kamaru) Usman and (Santiago) Ponzinibbio. Then (Demian) Maia and (Robbie) Lawler were out. So I just saw it coming. Then I got the announcement from the UFC. I asked for the fight, and I got it.”
For Till, UFC Fight Night 130 is going to represent a career-defining opportunity. Whether he wins or loses, he’s responsible for bringing the UFC to Liverpool for the first time. He’s so proud of that achievement that he doesn’t even care that he’s not getting top billing on the event name, despite it being in his backyard.
“I don’t think I deserve to walk out last,” Till said. “He is who he is, and he’s the No. 1 contender for a reason. I don’t mind being out first, even in my town. I just think respectfully he deserves to come out last. Stuff like that it doesn’t matter. He’s the blue corner, but it doesn’t matter. So respectfully it’s only right that he walks out second.”
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