For the first time in over a year, the welterweight name is going to be on the line as Tyron Woodley yields to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who hasn’t fought because UFC 214 at July of 2017, opened as the -1300 favorite attempting to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back at EVEN chances.
This is the third straight fight that Till has become the underdog, and of course, he has been successful in both of these previous scraps, such as a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. «The Gorilla» has had difficulty on the scales because he weighed in at 174 pounds in his last fight and also weighed in at 176 pounds three struggles prior — that the 170-pound limitation might be an issue for the challenger. Woodley was a favorite in each of his last two fights, and it appears that because he won the belt in UFC 201, he’d rather hold on to it instead of seeking the finish. A mindset like that contrary to Until could get him in trouble.
How can Woodley vs Till play out?
Woodley (-130) has terrifying volatile power that may complete the fight with one punch. In addition,»The Chosen One» has a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, having just been taken down after in his UFC career, by current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five career admissions but they all came from his first five fights. Since that time, he has picked the knockout path to finish his opponents, earning six T/KOs over his following 13 fights. The champ looks for an opportunity to counter and swarms with true one-punch knockout power. Woodley was out because UFC 214 rehabbing after shoulder surgery in the torn labrum.
Until (EVEN) is very long and athletic. He enters this bout 17-0-1 with 10 of his victories coming by means of T/KO. «The Gorilla» had a Massive step-up in rivalry when he awakened with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson in UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Till executed his game plan perfectly, averting the outstanding counter kickboxing of»Wonderboy» while landing enough strikes to win the battle. The 25-year-old had a totally opposite fashion when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, in which Till only swarmed him with remarkable energy and scored the first-round T/KO.
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