For the first time in over a year, the welterweight name will 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 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 the third straight fight that Till has become the underdog, and naturally, he has been victorious in both of those previous scraps, such as a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. “The Gorilla” has had difficulty on the scales as he weighed in at 174 pounds in his last fight and weighed at 176 lbs three struggles prior — the 170-pound limit may be an issue for the challenger. Woodley was a favorite in each of the last two fights, and it seems that since he won the belt in UFC 201, he would rather hold on to it rather than seeking the end. A mindset such as that contrary to Till could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs forever perform?
Woodley (-130) has terrifying volatile power that can complete the fight with a single punch. In addition,”The Chosen One” includes a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, having just been taken down once in his UFC career, by present 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 has picked the knockout route to complete his opponents, making six T/KOs over his next 13 fights. The champ looks for an opportunity to counter and swarms with true one-punch knockout power. Woodley has been out since UFC 214 rehabbing after knee operation in the torn labrum.
Till (EVEN) is very long and athletic. He enters this bout 17-0-1 using 10 of his victories coming by way 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. Till executed his game strategy perfectly, averting the outstanding counter kickboxing of”Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the fight. The 25-year-old had a totally opposite style when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, where Till only swarmed him with impressive energy and scored the first-round T/KO.
Read more: thenewright.news