On May 27, 2018, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, 35, of Simpsonville, South Carolina and Darren “The Gorilla” Till, 25, of Liverpool, Merseyside, England, headlined “UFC Fight Night 130.” It was originally set as a catchweight of 171 lbs but Till weighed in at 174.5 lbs during the weigh-in on May 26, 2018.
Thompson agreed to go ahead with the bout and Till was required to not exceed 188 lbs. Hours before the bout, the Liverpool fighter weighed in at 187.3 lbs.
Marc Goddard served as the referee of the catchweight bout between Thompson and Till at “UFC Fight Night 130.” After five five-minute rounds, Goddard raised Till’s hand as the winner via unanimous decision.
By defeating Thompson, Till was able to maintain his undefeated record. The Liverpool native improved his record to 16 wins and 0 loss.
Till made his UFC debut on May 30, 2015 at “UFC Fight Night 67.” He knocked out Wendell “War Machine” de Oliveira Marques, 34, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via elbows.
Both Till’s second and third victories in the promotion were via unanimous decision. Jessin “Abacus” Ayari, 25, of Nuremberg, Germany and Bojan “Serbian Steel” Velickovic, 29, of Novi Sad, Serbia at “UFC Fight Night 109” on May 28, 2017 and at “UFC Fight Night 115” on September 2, 2017, respectively.
On October 21, 2017, Till earned his fourth victory in the UFC. He knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 35, of Broomfield, Colorado via punches at “UFC Fight Night 118.”
The only opponent Till failed to defeat in a professional MMA bout was Nicolas “Lokomotivo” Darby, 33, of Copenhagen, Denmark. Till’s second UFC bout, which was against Darby at “UFC Fight Night 76” on October 24, 2015, ended in a majority draw.
On the other hand, Thompson’s record downgraded to 14 wins and 2 losses after losing to Till. The first fighter to defeat Thompson in a professional MMA bout was Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 36, of St. Louis, Missouri, who is the reigning UFC Welterweight Champion.
“UFC Fight Night 130” took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. It was the first ever UFC event to take place in the city.