Add UFC President Dana White to the long list of people who were incredibly disappointed that Darren Till missed weight for his highly anticipated UFC Fight Night 130 showdown with Stephen Thompson.
Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA) weighed in at 174.5 pounds earlier today in Liverpool, 3.5 pounds above the welterweight limit of 171-pounds.
At one point it appeared that the UFC headliner between Till and Thompson was in some serious jeopardy.
Thankfully the promotion was able to convince “Wonderboy” to accept the catchweight fight, this after issuing some fight-day stipulations for the Liverpool native.
The most notable fight-day stipulation is that Darren Till cannot weight more than 188-pounds for tomorrow night’s event, a rule that has “The Gorilla” a little worried.
In addition, Till will also be fined 30% of his fight purse, with all of that money going to his opponent Stephen Thompson.
UFC President Dana White was not at all pleased with today’s events, especially after giving Darren Till the opportunity to headline a fight card in his hometown.
“Not the situation I was expecting to be in right now, especially in his hometown,” White told MMAjunkie after the UFC Liverpool weigh-ins. “You shouldn’t be missing weight in your hometown. Now we’ve got to sweat this thing all night, because he’s got to weigh 188 pounds tomorrow at 1 o’clock when he gets on the bus. So, not a good position to be in.”
Dana White continued by praising former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson for his efforts and willingness to fight Till in enemy territory.
“‘Wonderboy’ is incredible, and there’s never been debating that,” White said. “He’s had two title runs, and I was telling his dad earlier today: Sometimes you’ve got to remind people why you’re the No. 1 guy in the world. Going to Liverpool, taking on a tough up-and-coming scary guy like Till. It’s not a bad thing.”