Last weekend, in the main event of the UFC’s debut in Liverpool, UFC welterweight contender Darren Till picked up the biggest win of his career, scoring a decision win over two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Not everybody, however, agreed with the judges’ decision.
You can file UFC 225 interim welterweight title challenger Colby Covington into the group who felt the judges should have sided with Wonderboy.
“Wonderboy definitely got robbed as much as I don’t really like ‘Choir Boy,'” Covington said on the latest episode of BJPENN.COM Radio. “He’s a boring fighter, he just runs back and tries to point-fight guys, but he definitely won that. He landed more significant strikes. He was a lot more efficient with his strikes and he just did a lot more. He took the knockdown in the fifth but that doesn’t really — the one through four rounds I thought were his.”
In Covington’s opinion, the judges only sided with Till because he was the local fighter. He feels this is a common problem in the UK.
“It’s home-cooking, in London and Liverpool and the UK, those judges are cooking,” Covington said. “Did you not see the Michael Bisping versus Anderson Silva fight? Michael Bisping got the shit beat out of him in London, but the UK judges gave it to him. That’s just home-court favoritism and that’s what you get when you go to a guy’s backyard.”
“It’s not possible for a UK fighter to lose in the UK if it goes to the judges’ score cards. Those guys are completely crooked over there and the fix is in every time.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/31/2018.