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‘Wonderboy’ Thompson’s Coach Pours Cold Water On Dana White’s Fight Claim

Don’t go booking the day of February 24 off just yet.

This morning heralded much excitement among fans, as UFC president Dana White told the LA Times of his desire to a UFC card from Orlando, Florida to England. This was to facilitate a gorgeous welterweight match-up between Stephen Thompson and Darren Till.

Thompson was victorious on Saturday at UFC 217, defeating Jorge Masvidal to consolidate his status as a title contender. Till burst onto the scene last month in Gdansk, Poland, with a spectacular TKO win over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. 

Having defeated an established name, Till was keen to face yet another 170lb. contender, and Dana White was keen to oblige.

Per Lance Pugmire; the two were set to face off on February 24th, presumably in Till’s hometown of Liverpool, given that the UFC already has an event set for March 17 in London.

However, Thompson’s father and coach, Ray, has scorned the reports in an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, stating that there have been no talks about a fight with Darren Till, and that his son is likely injured regardless.

“We’ve talked to no one [about fighting Till],” Ray Thompson told Helwani. 

“Not sure how this is a ‘done deal.’ As for Till, he needs to fight through the murderers row at welterweight like ‘Wonderboy’ did to get to the top. What happened to the rankings?”

He also revealed that ‘Wonderboy’, now 17-2 in MMA, may have two broken thumbs, or ligament damage, as a result of his win this past weekend, with a doctor’s assessment forthcoming soon.

White’s next statement on the matter will hopefully clarify proceedings, though a serious prognosis from Thompson’s medical tests will render the discussion moot.

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