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Dana White: Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson happening Feb. 24 in England

The UFC is giving popular rising English welterweight Darren Tillthe fight he asked for – and in his home country, no less.
The undefeated 24-year-old Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) will take on former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 24 that, according to the UFC’s website, will air on FOX.
That date was recently announced as UFC Fight Night 127 in Orlando, Fla., but UFC President Dana White revealed during a Q&A tonight in Santa Monica, Calif, that the event will be moved to England, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
White did not specify if Till’s hometown of Liverpool will host the event or if it will take place elsewhere.
Till, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off a first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 last month. Till is unbeaten during his five-fight tenure with the promotion and hasn’t lost during his 17-fight career.
No. 2-ranked Thompson, meanwhile, accepts a quick booking after beating Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision at UFC 217 this past weekend. “Wonderboy” returned to the win column following two failed title bids against current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley.
For more on UFC Fight Night 127, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.