UFC Fight Night 130: Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till

Stephen Thompson vs Darren Till

This main event is a pay-per-view quality fight.

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will step inside the cage with Darren Till in what is expected to be a display of high-level striking.

Thompson’s experience as a kickboxer shines every time he enters the UFC’s Octagon. He manages the distance of the fight with ease and peppers his opponent with side kicks, straight punches, and any other strike that is deemed best at the time. He can switch between orthodox and southpaw stance and be just as effective from both positions. If it weren’t for two extremely narrow fights that went to decision against current champion Tyron Woodley, Thompson would be the current UFC welterweight champion. Most recently, Thompson returned to winning ways against Jorge Masvidal and will be looking to score a big win here and gain another shot at Woodley and the belt.

Darren Till has quickly become of the brightest stars across the UFC’s entire roster. He had always looked sharp inside the cage, and his world-class striking resulted in him outclassing many opponents. His major claim to fame was defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a terrifying way in his last fight. Till was matched against “Cowboy,” and many people were confused as to why Till was even being matched against the veteran. We now know why. Expect big things from Darren Till, even if he can’t get the job done this weekend against “Wonderboy.”

Prediction: Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision

Bet: Stephen Thompson to win

Neil Magny vs. Craig White

Neil Magny was originally scheduled to face Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight clash this weekend in Liverpool, but a meniscus injury has forced Nelson out of the contest.

In steps Craig White, who is a 14-7 fighter from England. White is on a four-fight winning streak in Cage Warriors and has finished all four of these fights inside the first two rounds. White has juggled defeats and victories through his career, but he is now riding the equal-best winning streak of his 21 fight career at the moment.

He’ll be facing Neil Magny, who likely needs no introduction to those familiar with the UFC. Magny is a skilled welterweight who has never been able to put it all together to climb the rankings with speed and stay there. Instead, he has picked up major wins every now and again but then lost momentum almost immediately in the next fight after. An example is when he finished Hector Lombard in a brilliant come from behind win, to then lose to Lorenz Larkin in the first round. The same thing happened when he defeated Hendricks, only to lose to Rafael Dos Anjos in the first round in the very next fight.

Prediction: Neil Magny by unanimous decision

Bet: Neil Magny to win

Jason Knight vs. Makwan Amirkhani

Jason Knight quickly developed a fanbase in the UFC when he put four wins together against tough competitors in the featherweight division. Knight picked up big wins against Jim Alers, Daniel Hooker, Alex Caceres, and then Chas Skelly to work him all the way up the rankings and earn a shot against Ricardo Lamas. Unfortunately for Knight, he couldn’t hang with Lamas and was finished inside the first round. Most recently, Knight lost to Gabriel Benitez and is now desperately looking to get back to winning ways.

Makwan Amirkhani had his four-fight winning streak snapped by Arnold Allen in March last year. “Mr. Finland” was undefeated in the UFC before meeting Allen, having won all three of his contests and two of those inside the first two minutes of the contest. The fight he dropped to Allen was by split decision, and now Amirkhani, much like Knight, needs to get back in the win column.

Prediction: Jason Knight by submission

Bet: Jason Knight to win

Davey Grant vs. Manny Bermudez

The undefeated Manny Bermudez will look to make it two in a row in the UFC when he meets Davey Grant this weekend in Liverpool.

Bermudez, who is known as “The Bermudez Triangle” is a submission machine and proved that by choking Albert Morales in the second round in his UFC debut in February. With another submission win this weekend, Bermudez is going to start gaining some serious attention as a potential threat in the featherweight division.

After featuring on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 in 2013, Davey Grant hasn’t been able to get anything going in the UFC. His only win came against Marlon Vera in February 2016, but he has also lost to Chris Holdsworth and Damian Stasiak during his time with the organization. The 32-year-old is now 8-3, and the UFC will surely be running out of patience if he loses another fight.

Prediction: Manny Bermudez by submission

Bet: Manny Bermudez to win

Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart

We first saw Eric Spicely when he appeared on The Ultimate Fight Season 23 and was introduced as a supremely talented submission fighter. He proved worthy of that title when he won his first bout via submission inside the house. However, his talent never really became noticed until he easily submitted Thiago Santos in September 2016 after entering the fight as a significant betting underdog. After that fight, he’s since gone 1-2 in the UFC.

Spicely will be up against Darren Stewart, who is yet to score a win in his four fights with the organization so far. Stewart joined the UFC with plenty of momentum behind him after racking up seven victories in seven fights. However, he has now lost to Francimar Barroso, Karl Roberson, and Julian Marquez in the 15 months that he has been fighting for the UFC.

Prediction: Eric Spicely by submission

Bet: Eric Spicely to win

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UFC Fight Night 130 fight card

UFC Fight Night 130 begins on UFC Fight Pass from 10:00 am ET (2:00 pm GMT) on Sunday, May 27.

FS1 Main Card (1:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm GMT)

  • Stephen Thompson [-110] vs. Darren Till [+110]
  • Neil Magny [-500] vs. Craig White [+450]
  • Arnold Allen [-259] vs. Mads Burnell [+236]
  • Jason Knight [-147] vs. Makwan Amirkhani [+135]
  • Davey Grant [+196] vs. Manny Bermudez [-210]
  • Eric Spicely [-195] vs. Darren Stewart [+180]

FS1 Prelims (11:00 am ET / 3:00 pm GMT)

  • Claudio Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Dan Kelly vs. Tom Breese
  • Bradley Scott vs. Carlo Pedersoli
  • Gillian Roberson vs. Molly McCann

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims (10:00 am ET / 2:00 pm GMT)

  • Elias Theodorou vs. Trevor Smith
  • Lina Lansberg vs. Gina Mazany

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