Speaking on the Anik and Florian podcast recently, Ray Longo stuck up for Stephen Thompson, saying that the bout was an easy one to score and that even though “Wonderboy” didn’t do much, he still did more than Till.
“I really thought it was an easy fight to score - minimum three rounds to two for Wonderboy, maybe four,” Longo said. “When they announced those scores - 49-46 - I thought it was definitely him. It’s not an exciting fight, a very tactical chess game, but I just think that Darren Till did nothing. It’s not even what Wonderboy did, it’s what Darren Till didn’t do. Add in the fact that he missed weight, I just think it’s a no win situation for him in that fight.
“It was a close fight, there’s no question about that, but I just don’t know how you give any of those first three rounds to Darren Till. I looked at one or two rounds over again and it’s just weird. He really didn’t do anything. There was a lot of posturing. Wonderboy at least caught him coming in a couple of times, I thought. I guess you can’t leave it to the judges.”
Longo is one half of the Serra-Longo fight team that is responsible for training UFC stars Chris Weidman, Al Iaquinta, Aljamain Sterling, and more; he also has had a working relationship with Thompson for years. “Wonderboy” frequently spars with some of the Serra-Longo fight team and his brother is married to Weidman’s sister. This connection could be coloring Longo’s interpretation of the bout but the outcome was fairly controversial, not just because many disagreed with Till getting the win but because of the issues the day before the fight. Till was unable to make the 171 pound weight limit and so a catchweight bout had to be negotiated and that’s what really grinds Longo’s gears. Longo says that with so many fighters missing weight these days, it’s even worse than taking PEDs as far as gaining an advantage inside the cage goes.
“I think they’re gonna have to readdress this because at the end of the day it’s cheating,” Longo said. “There’s a higher percentage of wins with guys that don’t make weight than there are with guys that are on PEDs. They’re like 50-50 or even worse. They’re not even winning and they’re literally cheating. These guys [who miss weight] are cheaters at this point. If they’re not doing performance-enhancing drugs, they’ve figured out another way to make it. This guy was willing to give away his whole purse, what does that tell you? He wanted to give away not 20 percent, he wanted to give away his whole purse. So they really have to come up with something because this looks like a problem.
“It’s just not right and everybody’s already forgotten about it. He didn’t make weight and they already moved past that. It’s not two years down the line, it’s two days down the line. It’s actually two days. It’s already over. Nobody mentions the weight at this point. They’re gonna have to come up with something because it looks like it’s worth a couple thousand dollars here and there.”
After missing weight, Till reportedly offered to pay Thompson his entire purse for missing weight but ultimately was only required to give up 30 percent of his fight purse to keep the fight going forward at a catchweight. In the end though, that exchange appears to have been a good one for Till who jumped up to No. 2 in the UFC welterweight rankings - one spot above Wonderboy - and positioned himself for a potential title shot or title eliminator bout later this year. If he does get that opportunity though, Longo says this weight issue could be a “red flag” going forward.
“This was a big fight for that kid and I think it’s a red flag for what’s to come in the future,” Longo said. “Even though he got the W, he’s really acting like he did something tremendous. He really didn’t do anything until the fifth round. I do think he’s a talented guy, big strong kid, and he’s gonna bring it so I’m curious to see what happens with him in the future but that fight, I thought, was an easy fight to score and I would’ve scored that for Wonderboy without a doubt.”
Results. The Ultimate Fighter 27, Episode 7 results: Richie Smullen vs. Allan Zuniga.
Ratings. Report: Thompson vs. Till main event is top-rated event in time slot on cable.
The MMA After Hour including Ric’s Picks.
On adding weight classes.
A nice summary of Bisping’s career.
Cormier on UFC Tonight.
Unseen footage of Khabib leading up to UFC 223.
KSW promos are the illest.
Heavy Hands. Discussing Thompson vs. Till and previewing Rivera vs. Moraes.
Obviously Fight Talk. Discussing Thompson vs. Till and Bisping’s retirement.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
@nickdiaz209 drop the club scene. Alcohol and drugs=death We are here 4u anytime brother.— Cesar Gracie (@CesarGracieBJJ) May 30, 2018
A lot going on here.
Saw @BellatorMMA @ScottCoker plans to hold shows in Ireland and people mentioned a SBG vs another team for an event, so let’s do a full card Pitbull Brothers vs SBG. We’ll straight blast you harder than a dolly through a bus glass window. @TheNotoriousMMA is invited. https://t.co/Lm3XTPwZZz— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
Haha shut up you fucking donkey— Peter Queally (@peterqueally) May 30, 2018
I would like to see one of you try to make me do it— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
Ass whoppin is here whenever you want it you sloppy, slow little fucking midget— Peter Queally (@peterqueally) May 30, 2018
I just googled you. You wouldn’t last a round.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
Just heard you were the one who brought up the idea of SBG vs another team, so don’t be scared now.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
Scared my bollocks. Step up instead of sending one of your boys and let's go!— Brian Moore (@ThePikemanMoore) May 30, 2018
You talk too big for someone who can’t get by mid-level opposition and was embarassed by a top fighter. Send bigger fish, you’re not even a warm up.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
You'd be diving for double legs after a minute with your sloppy hands and over worked chin. If you do decide to get off your ass and fight more than once a year - I'll be in Ireland waiting.— Brian Moore (@ThePikemanMoore) May 30, 2018
Pittbull brothers my bollocks! More like two fucking puddles.— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) May 30, 2018
If @BellatorMMA allows I’ll fight the both of you at the same time, perhaps that way you can get past the first round.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 30, 2018
Usually when an old, beat up, slow dog starts talking shit you put it sleep. I'll happily do it— Brian Moore (@ThePikemanMoore) May 30, 2018
Very impressive how supportive Irish fans are. Beautiful to see. Second only to how delusional some of their fighters are. It’ll be nice to fight in Ireland,but time to focus in Rome. I’ll have a big fish to fry, then return home with a piece of gold these fools can only dream of— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) May 31, 2018
Respect to some of the Irish fans, but silencing an hostile crowd is one of the best feelings in this sport. I’ll be looking forward to that. https://t.co/DHQskKnlGc— Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) May 31, 2018
The corniest man alive.
Poirier fits right in with the CFL.
I’ve been dying to tell the world ❤️❤️❤️ The short story: Chad and I started trying after my last fight and that SOB knocked me up immediately I’m 12 weeks along! The long version: I’ve had bad shoulder injuries my last 2 fights (torn labrum and rotator cuffs in BOTH shoulders). I have to take time off to get healthy no matter what. I’m 37 and I’m getting too close to the time of possibly not being able to conceive. We decided that it was the right time in all aspects. So, yes I will still be fighting. My body handles pregnancy very well and I am training thru the majority of it. Thanks to everyone who is happy for our happiness #ufc #pregnancyannouncement #12weekspregnant #beyondgrateful
Hall and Ngannou sparring.
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