For the first time in over a year, the welterweight title will be on the line since Tyron Woodley returns to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who has not fought since UFC 214 at July of 2017, started as the -1300 favorite looking to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back at EVEN chances.
This is the third straight fight that has been the underdog, and of course, he has been victorious in both of these previous scraps, including a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. “The Gorilla” has had difficulty on the scales because he weighed in at 174 lbs in his final fight and weighed in at 176 lbs three fights prior — that the 170-pound limit might be an issue for the challenger. Woodley has been a favored in each of his last two fights, and it appears that since he won the belt in UFC 201, he would rather hold on to it rather than seeking the finish. A mindset like that contrary to Until could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs Till play out?
Woodley (-130) has scary explosive power that may finish the fight with a single punch. Additionally,”The Chosen One” includes a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, having only been shot down after in his UFC career, by current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five livelihood admissions but all of them came from his first five fights. Ever since that time, he’s chosen the knockout path to finish his opponents, earning six T/KOs over his next 13 fights. The champ looks for an chance to counter and swarms with authentic one-punch knockout power. Woodley has been out since UFC 214 rehabbing after knee operation from a torn labrum.
Until (EVEN) is very long and athletic. He enters this bout 17-0-1 using 10 of his victories coming by way of T/KO. “The Gorilla” had a huge step-up in competition when he awakened with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Till executed his game strategy perfectly, avoiding the outstanding counter kickboxing of”Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the battle. The 25-year-old had a completely opposite style when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, where Till just swarmed him with impressive power and scored the first-round T/KO.
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