Tyron Woodley versus Darren Till—for the UFC Welterweight Championship
This is a tremendous main event and title fight.
Strikeforce veteran and reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will put his gold on the line against Liverpool-native Darren Till for a maximum of twenty-five minutes. This is a battle between established and new, veteran and contender, and there’s a substantial amount on the line for both men.
At thirty-six years of age, Tyron Woodley has firmly cemented himself in MMA’s history books. “T-Wood” had a great Strikeforce career, but he’ll undoubtedly be remembered most for his incredible UFC title run. After dropping a decision to perennial contender Rory MacDonald, Woodley went on a tear unlike any other, defeating Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson, and Demian Maia in succession.
Woodley’s powerful hands, reliable cardio, world-class wrestling, and careful planning have elevated him into the welterweight hall of fame. But Darren Till, an undefeated twenty-five-year-old whose last two wins came against Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone, is going to do everything he can to wrap that belt around his waist.
Darren Till is, in short, what many would consider to be a “bad” match-up for Tyron Woodley. Till is eleven years Woodley’s junior, once again; he’s been active, fighting four total times in 2017 and 2018, while Woodey has been recovering from injury, and fought twice in 2017 and zero times to this point in 2018; and he’s the taller fighter, standing six feet to Woodley’s five-foot eight.
We’ll find out for sure who the more complete competitor is when these men step into the cage at UFC 228.
The story of the fight appears to be Till’s youth, physical advantages, and pinpoint striking versus Woodley’s experience, takedowns, and power punches. Expect to see Woodley closing the distance, both to complete takedowns and land stiff strikes, with the added bonus being that he can avoid getting clipped with one of Darren’s lightning-fast kicks. Till has a bit more freedom in his gameplan—he can stick to the outside or move inward—but there’s a high probability of Woodley welcoming the latter with a single- or double-leg takedown.
Be sure to tune-in for this main event.