For the first time in over a year, the welterweight title is going to be on the line since Tyron Woodley returns to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 at Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who has not fought because UFC 214 in 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 become the underdog, and of course, he has been successful in both of those preceding scraps, such as a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. “The Gorilla” has had trouble on the scales because he weighed in at 174 lbs in his final fight and also weighed at 176 pounds three fights 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 since he won the belt at UFC 201, he’d rather hold on to it instead of seeking the end. A mindset such as that against Until could get him in trouble.
How will Woodley vs Till play out?
Woodley (-130) has terrifying volatile power which can finish 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 current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five career submissions but they all came from his first five fights. Ever since then, he’s picked the knockout path to complete his opponents, earning six T/KOs over his next 13 fights. The champ looks for an chance to counter and swarms with true one-punch knockout power. Woodley was out since UFC 214 rehabbing after shoulder surgery in the torn labrum.
Till (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 awakened with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson in UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Until implemented his game strategy perfectly, avoiding the outstanding counter top 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, in which Till only swarmed him with remarkable energy and scored the first-round T/KO.
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