As far as Stephen Thompson is concerned, Darren Till is not a worthy challenger to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Till will step inside the Octagon at UFC 228 this Saturday to take on Woodley, but “Wonderboy” feels his he hasn’t earned that spot.
Back in May, Till missed weight for his bout with Thompson, coming in four pounds over the championship-weight of 170. He also missed in 2017 vs. Jessin Ayari, winning both fights via decision.
“Do I think he deserves it? No. I really don’t,” Thompson told Submission Radio recently. “This is a professional sport, and making weight is part of the job. You agreed to make the weight. I mean, it’s like the Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero fight. You know, if you don’t make weight, you don’t fight for the title. I think it should be the same. If you don’t make weight, you don’t move up the rankings. It’s part of the job. You signed a contract to be that way, and my god, you should make it, you should make it.
“And he was bragging about it weeks before the fight how he’s this massive 170(-pounder), how the UFC shouldn’t be allowing the fight. Which made him look even worse because he didn’t make weight. And that was 171. I mean, how is he gonna make 170? So yeah, man, I would definitely be questioning that as a fan, but also as the UFC.
“So, for him to be actually fighting for the title, man and they’re wondering why people aren’t making weight. Because there’s no consequences. Yeah sure, he wasn’t getting paid much for that fight, so of course he won’t make weight. Give 20 or 30 percent or whatever it was to move up the rankings. So now, I mean, he’s probably getting crazy money to fight now, so I bet it was worth it.
“And the UFC is like, why aren’t these guys making weight? Because there’s no consequences. You know, no real consequences. A lot of people will give them 30 percent and move up the rankings cause their next fight will be more money. It’s just a sacrifice at the moment for a bigger gain later on.”
Thompson also clarified a report that stated he was going to face Robbie Lawler in 2019, saying “It was talked about, but never really got past that.”