Stephen Thompson’s Father Shoots Down Talk Of Darren Till Fight

Dana White claimed yesterday that a fight between Stephen Thompson and Darren Till was going to go down at UFC On FOX 28 in England early next year, but apparently that’s news to ‘Wonderboy’s’ camp.

“We’ve talked to no one [about fighting Till],” Thompson’s father and coach Ray Thompson told “Not sure how this is a ‘done deal.'”

Thompson also revealed that his son suffered hand injuries during his win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on Saturday night, with both of his thumbs either having been broken or experienced ligament damage.

That aside, Thompson made it clear that he feels ‘Wonderboy’ has bigger fish to fry than the fast-rising Till.

“He needs to fight through the murderers row at welterweight like ‘Wonderboy’ did to get to the top,” Thompson said of The British fighter.

“We want to fight forward. We’ve been calling out [Robbie] Lawler since before the first Woodley fight and have gotten crickets on it. Why? Why hasn’t anyone talked to us about it? No one from the UFC, no one from Lawler’s camp, no one. ‘Wonderboy’ had one of the most fantastic, exciting fights when he fought [Tyron] Woodley at UFC 205. That fight stole the show. The second fight was a snoozefest, mostly because Wonderboy chased Woodley around the Octagon for five rounds. We take part of the blame since we didn’t pull the trigger often enough. Since then we feel like we are being moved out of title contention. Not saying that’s the case but it sure looks that way. What happened to the rankings?”

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