The UFC is planning to relocate a February event from Orlando, Florida, to England, so Liverpudlian welterweight Darren Till can headline in his home country.
UFC president Dana White revealed the news during a public appearance Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to White, Till (16-0-1) will face two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 24. White did not reveal an official venue.
It’s a clear indication what the promotion thinks of Till. The 24-year-old is coming off a first-round knockout over Donald Cerrone last month in Poland.
Till has already drawn comparisons to Conor McGregor, the UFC’s outspoken and hard-hitting Irish champion.
Thompson (14-2-1) represents a major step up in competition. The karate-based welterweight is fresh off a decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 last weekend in New York.
Fighting out of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Thompson has won eight of his past 10. The only two exceptions were five-round title fights against Tyron Woodley, which resulted in a majority decision loss and majority draw.
The UFC already has a live event scheduled in early 2018. The promotion previously announced an event on March 17 at The O2 in London.