For the very first time in over a year, the welterweight title will be on the line as Tyron Woodley yields to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 at Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who has not fought since 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 actually the third straight fight that has been 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 trouble on the scales as he weighed in at 174 lbs in his final fight and weighed in at 176 lbs three fights prior — the 170-pound limit might be an issue for the challenger. Woodley has been a favorite 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 end. A mindset such as that contrary to Until could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs forever perform?
Woodley (-130) has scary explosive power which can complete the fight with a single punch. In addition, »The Chosen One » includes a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, with just been shot down once in his UFC career, by current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five career admissions but all of them came from his first five fights. Since that time, he’s chosen the knockout route to finish 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 because UFC 214 rehabbing after shoulder surgery from a 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 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 kickboxing of »Wonderboy » while landing enough strikes to win the battle. The 25-year-old needed a totally opposite fashion when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, where Till only swarmed him with impressive power and scored the first-round T/KO.
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