UFC Liverpool: ‘I’m going into enemy territory"
UFC Liverpool: ‘I’m going into enemy territory – everybody’s going to be booing me’
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson expects Liverpool fans to be “on another level” for his bout with Darren Till.
Two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is preparing to step into the lion’s den when he faces Darren Till in the main event of UFC Liverpool on 27 May.
Thompson is known as one of the classiest operators in the sport, and is a popular figure with fight fans wherever he competes.
But the American knows that he’s going to be arriving on Merseyside as the bad guy, despite his clean-cut image.
“I hear the Liverpool fans are really passionate about their fighters and about this sport, so it’s going to be a pretty cool experience,” he recently told Submission Radio.
“It puts a smile on my face that, hey, I’m really not a bad guy, but I’m gonna be a bad guy this time. I’m going into enemy territory, everybody’s going to be booing me, and it’s funny … I’m going to go out there and do what I’ve gotta do.”
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Thompson, who hasn’t competed outside of North America so far in his career, says he’s expecting a red hot atmosphere in the Echo Arena when he steps into the octagon to face hometown hero Till.
“I fought in enemy territory before – I guess you can call it that,” Thompson explained. “I fought Rory MacDonald in Canada, but I think the fans are going to be on another level in Liverpool.
“Darren Till, he talks, he backs it up and he’s an awesome athlete. So it’s kind of understandable that [the UFC] are going to be pushing Darren Till. Is it smart to have them push him against someone like ….