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UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

RECAP! Till Tops Thompson In Controversial Decision!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contenders Stephen Thompson and Darren Till faced off last night (May 27, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 130 from inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Thompson entered the bout last night looking to build a win streak and continue to hold his position as the top-ranked contender in the world. The Welterweight division has been shaking up with Kamaru Usman’s recent win and the upcoming interim title fight, but “Wonderboy” had to remain in the win column to ensure he was ahead of the pack. Alternatively, Till was the young, dangerous upstart looking to jump the line and immediately move into title contention. In front of his home crowd, Till looked to turn in a second consecutive star-making performance.

The bout opened with lots of feints from both men and pressure from Till. Thompson stayed light on his feet, changing directions frequently and avoiding the fence. Much of the round featured more feints than exchanges, as both high-level strikers felt the other out. Both men mostly landed with low kicks, and “Wonderboy” was able to score with a couple of sudden punches forward.

The opening five minutes were fairly uneventful.

Till turned up the pressure in the second. Marching forward, Till chopped at his opponents legs with round kicks and stomps. He also adjusted to Thompson’s bursts, attempting to catch his opponent in the double-collar tie. Till was still unable to fully cut off the cage, but his jab did connect on the circling Karateka more often. Meanwhile, Thompson landed some side kicks, but he wasn’t able to do all that much to his advancing foe.

The scorecards were likely tied after two rounds.

Despite his slower second round, Thompson seemed to have found his range in the second. Previously, neither man connected on many clean power punches, but “Wonderboy” began to find a home for his counter cross repeatedly. Till’s response to getting punched in the face was to throw more punches, which generally created more counter striking opportunities for Thompson.

Till scored a big left hand near the bell, but otherwise found little success in the third.

Till opened the fourth with heavier pressure, kicking Thompson towards the fence and trying to find a home for his left hand. Instead, Thompson scored with counters. Still, Till’s left hand was scoring occasionally and generally getting closer to landing flush. After the initial fast start of the round, sadly, the pace slowed back down and reverted to something of a stalemate.

Till scored some nice jabs and a cross to end the round, but it was a very difficult round to score.

Neither fighter diverted from the game plan in the fifth. Just as the fight seemed to be destined to walk its way to a decision, Till scored with a couple sharp jabs and cracked Thompson with a follow up left. Thompson hit the mat briefly and jumped back up, returning to his own offense in an attempt to back Till off. It somewhat worked, as the two slowed back down until the end of the round.

Till clearly won the fifth round, seemingly leaving the decision riding on the uneventful fourth. Despite the apparent closeness of the fight, Till was awarded a wide decision win.

Personally, I scored the bout 3-2 in favor of the Liverpool-native, although I also feel that 3-2 Thompson is certainly reasonable. The 49-46 for either man strikes me as bizarre, but luckily I don’t have to try to analyze judges.

Instead, let’s talk about the most effective weapon from either man: Darren Till’s jab. It may not have been the most powerful shot of the fight, but Till’s jab found Thompson’s chin more than any other punch. Early on, Till was too focused simply on landing the left, and he frequently came up short as a result. Once Till adjusted and began popping Thompson with the jab whenever in range, he found more success.

“Wonderboy” had to circle away from the left, so the jab was very effective.

In Thompson’s case, his counter crosses are usually his best weapon, and that held true last night. Whenever he did convince Till to over-commit, he stung him with a hard cross on the jaw. Till has some weight on Thompson and a big ol’ head, and both helped him a lot, as those counter crosses would’ve dropped a lot of fighters.

This being a controversial decision makes the consequences interesting for both men. A rematch in the future is possible, but the slower pace as a result of matching up counter strikers is not ideal. Instead, Till will likely receive a title eliminator next — Kamaru Usman? — and “Wonderboy” will remain a Top 5 staple still in range for a shot whenever Woodley loses the crown.

Last night, Darren Till scored a narrow victory in his home town. Who will the knockout artist face next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 130: “Thompson Vs. Till” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

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UFC 223 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Earns Decision Over Al Iaquinta, Wins Belt

Dagestani bear-wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov has dominated all he’s faced, and done more than enough to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight belt. But man, getting him to the cage for such a bout has been an impossible task.

More than once, he was supposed to face Tony Ferguson for some kind of belt, with the last go-around slated for tonight’s UFC 223. But… we all know how that’s turned out.

So everyone give a big round of applause to Al Iaquinta, who was supposed to face Paul Felder on this card, but is now set to be the man to take on Nurmagomedov. Can Iaquinta survive the Dagestani’s killer wrestling and ground and pound? Can he score the upset to end all upsets?

Iaquinta comes out for the first wielding all sorts of pressure and with his right hand cocked. That lasts about a minute, at which point Nurmagomedov hits the takedown and makes his life miserable with suffocating wrestler rides and top control. Iaquinta doesn’t wilt though, and makes it to the end of the round.

Ditto for Round 2, with Nurmagomedov wrestling the bejeezus out of him, and Iaquinta surviving to the bell.

Things get a little more interesting in the third, with Iaquinta stuffing a takedown and Nurmagomedov content to jab him into oblivion. Iaquinta is soon bloody, but it’s clear he doesn’t care on bit about that, because now’s his chance to throw leather. He doesn’t score much with his boxing, and Nurmagomedov’s jab is ever present, but… who would’ve thought a fighter who took this bout on a day’s notice would last this long against Nurmagomedov?

Round 4 is a carbon copy of Round 3, with Iaquinta stuffing more and more takedown attempts. However, Nurmagomedov gets him down in the fifth, and once again it’s all about Iaquinta struggling to stay alive.

Which he does.

Nurmagomedov takes the clear-cut decision and earns himself the lightweight championship title, but how the heck did Iaquinta do better against the Dagestani than everyone else?

 

Result: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta via Unanimous Decision

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RECAP! Matthews Survives Eye-Gouge, Wins Decision!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight bruisers Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang battled last night (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

When Jingliang was first signed, it was with few expectations. However, the Chinese athlete has come a long way since then, securing multiple knockout wins and entering this bout on a significant win streak. Interestingly, the opposite was true for his opponent. Matthews entered UFC hyped as an Australian wunderkind, and he lived up to early expectations. Since then, however, “The Celtic Kid” has struggled, seemingly unsure of his own mid-fight decisions.

The 23-year-old turned that around last night, looking better than ever.

After a brief feeling out process, Matthews began to find success with his in-and-out combinations, scoring some hard shots on his advancing foe. Jingliang did not back off, moving forward behind the jab and trying to time a heavy right hand across his foe’s joe.

Jingliang had trouble finding his range and tried to force the issue, but he ran into a brutal counter right hand from Matthews that saw him hit the mat. Matthews immediately jumped into mount, dropping punches and transitioning into back mount. Matthews controlled the fight from there until the end of the round, trying to sink in a rear naked choke.

It was a drastically different start for Matthews compared to his tentative Welterweight debut.

An early exchange saw both men land power shots and gave Matthews a chance to jump on a guillotine, but Jingliang used toughness and some fingers in the eyes to escape. From top position, Jingliang dropped hammers on the Aussie, who scrambled up quickly and returned to the favor.

At the halfway point of the round, Jingliang’s forward march was beginning to wear on “The Celtic Kid.” Matthews found himself backed into the fence more often, where Jingliang’s big combinations were far more accurate. Matthews was not done though, he fired heavy shots back despite his obvious fatigue.

Cheater tactics or not, Jingliang was back in the fight.

Jingliang, as usual, continued walking his foe down into the third, firing right hands and low kicks. Matthews answered with a double leg takedown, but he was unable to hold “The Leech” down, who continued to stalk his foe with power shots.

A big right hand from Matthews stunned the Chinese athlete, but Jingliang somehow immediately scrambled into top position. Matthews was able to return to his feet rather quickly, and the pair scrapped to the final bell.

All three judges awarded Jake Matthews the victory.

This was a vastly superior “Celtic Kid” compared to his last few bouts. The biggest improvement was some mix of confidence and comfort, as Matthews has always shown skilled-but-inconsistent kickboxing. In this bout, he really did let his hands go, and the results were pretty stunning.

Matthews did a great job of maintaining an extra step of distance. Jingliang tried to lead with the cross and 1-2 all night, but Matthews stayed just out of range. When Matthews led, it was with a big movement — like a flying knee or lunging punch — but much of his success came by countering when Jingliang came up short.

All in all, both men found success in the grappling, so it really was Matthews’ improved kickboxing that earned him the victory.

First and foremost, Jingliang’s eye gouging is something I’m obligated to address. It was obviously an illegal way for Jingliang to escape the guillotine, and it was definitely intentional. From a fighter’s perspective, however, I have no real issue with “The Leech.” Those who fight tend to understand that anything goes, and if the referee doesn’t call it, it never happened.

Most fans will be pissed, but Jingliang’s tactic kept him in the fight and gave him a chance to win. Ask yourself, “would I cheat to give myself a chance at $ 20,000?” Jingliang’s win bonus is somewhere around that figure, and more than that, simply not wanting to lose on the big stage is a motivator to do crazy things. Outside of the foul, only Jingliang’s toughness and cardio kept the fight close. “The Leech” made few adjustments and made poor tactical errors throughout the fight, which allowed Matthews to do so much damage. In the future, Jingliang must do a better job of closing the distance.

Last night, Jake Matthews scored the biggest win of his pro career. What’s next for the young prospect?

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