It's finally official. Darren Till will take on number-one welterweight contender Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Liverpool.
When the Liverpool event was announced on weigh-in day ahead of UFC London two weeks ago, Till stated that Thompson would be his first-choice opponent for his main event bout.
And the UFC has granted him his wish, with the two-time welterweight title challenger signing on the dotted line to face Till in the Brit's own back yard on 27 May at The Echo Arena.
I don’t want to beat him over five rounds. I want to knock him out. I want to devastate his life.Darren Till
Liverpool’s Till surged to prominence with a stunning first-round stoppage of UFC legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in Gdansk, Poland last October.
Now the undefeated Brit has the chance to propel himself into championship contention by handing Thompson - who twice took current champion Tyron Woodley the distance in title fights - the third loss of his professional career.
Speaking about the potential matchup during a media session at UFC London, Till said he'd relish the opportunity to prove his striking credentials against the man widely considered to be the best striker in the division - and one of the best in the UFC.
"He’s such a good striker," Till admitted.
"He’s intelligent. He’s not a brawler. It’s well thought-out, the process of his fighting. Mine’s the same.”
And the confident Liverpudlian said he plans on putting on a show and finishing the American in decisive fashion.
“I know I can outsmart him,” he said.
“I don’t want to beat him over five rounds. I want to knock him out. I want to devastate his life."