For the very first time in over a year, the welterweight name will be on the line as Tyron Woodley returns to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who hasn’t fought since UFC 214 in July of 2017, opened as the -1300 favorite looking to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back in EVEN odds.
This is the third straight fight that Till has become the underdog, and of course, he’s been successful in both of these preceding 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 pounds in his last fight and weighed at 176 lbs three fights prior — that the 170-pound limit may be an issue for the challenger. Woodley was a favorite in each of his last two fights, and it seems that since he won the belt at UFC 201, he would rather hold on to it instead of seeking the end. A mindset such as that against Till could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs forever play out?
Woodley (-130) has terrifying volatile power which can finish the fight with one punch. Additionally,”The Chosen One” has a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, with only been shot down after in his UFC career, by present Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five livelihood admissions but all of them came in 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 authentic one-punch knockout power. Woodley has been outside since 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 huge step-up in rivalry when he clashed with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Until implemented his game strategy perfectly, avoiding the outstanding counter kickboxing of”Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the fight. The 25-year-old needed a completely opposite style when he battled longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, where Till just swarmed him with impressive energy and scored the first-round T/KO.
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