For the first time in over a year, the welterweight name is going to be on the line since Tyron Woodley yields to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 at Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who hasn’t fought because UFC 214 at July of 2017, started as the -1300 favorite attempting to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back in EVEN odds.
This is the third straight fight that has been the underdog, and of course, he’s been successful in both of these preceding 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 final fight and weighed at 176 pounds three fights prior — the 170-pound limitation may be an issue for the challenger. Woodley was a favored in each of his last two fights, and it seems that since he won the belt at UFC 201, he’d rather hold on to it instead of seeking the finish. A mindset such as that contrary to Till could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs forever perform?
Woodley (-130) has scary explosive power that may complete the fight with one punch. Additionally,”The Chosen One” includes a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, with just been taken down once in his UFC career, by present Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five career admissions but they all came in his first five fights. Ever since then, he has chosen the knockout route to complete his opponents, making six T/KOs over his following 13 fights. The champ looks for an chance to counter and swarms with authentic one-punch knockout power. Woodley was 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 way of T/KO. “The Gorilla” had a Massive step-up in competition when he clashed with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Until implemented his game plan perfectly, averting the outstanding counter top of”Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the fight. The 25-year-old needed 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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