UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington was expected to be the next man to challenge Tyron Woodley for the UFC’s undisputed welterweight title.
The promotion wanted Covington and Woodley to settle their heated rivalry in a title unification bout at UFC 228 on September 8.
Unfortunately for fight fans, “Chaos” recently underwent nasal surgery and was thus unable to compete against “The Chosen One” at September’s highly anticipated pay-per-view event in Dallas.
Rather than waiting a coupe of months for Covington to heal, the promotion instead opted to book a welterweight title fight between surging division contender Darren Till and long time champion Tyron Woodley for the main event of UFC 228.
The UFC’s decision definitely raised some eyebrows, but ultimately made sense given the fact that Tyron Woodley has not defended his strap since UFC 214 in July of 2017 when he defeated submission specialist Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
Woodley will enter his fight with Till having gone 5-0-1 over his past six contests.
Meanwhile, Darren Till has gone a perfect 17-0-1 during his mixed martial arts career. Till’s biggest challenge to date has come in the form of the weigh scale. “The Gorilla” has missed the welterweight limit of 171-pounds in two of his past four fights coming in at 174lbs and 176lbs in those aforementioned botched weight cuts.
Till will now have to cut to 170-pounds in order for his championship bout with Woodley to be made official.
The brash UFC interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, recently commented on the UFC’s official Instagram page where he took shots at both Tyron Woodley and Darren Till.
“This is a fine number 1 contenders fight. Tyquil who hasn’t fought in over a year (and his last fight was the least strikes thrown in UFC history) vs Tillsbury doughboy who needs to prove he can make weight championship weight (and was gifted a decision in his home country last fight)” – Colby Covington
Who are you hoping to see emerge victorious in the UFC 228 main event?
Tonight’s UFC Boise event was headlined by a heavyweight tilt featuring former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos taking on former World Series of Fighting champion Blagoy Ivanov.
In the co-main event of the evening, “Super” Sage Northcutt took on Zak Ottow in a welterweight matchup.
Also featured on the card was the return of former featherweight title challenger Chad “Money” Mendes, who took on the always tough Myles Jury.
Get all of tonight’s UFC Boise live results below:
UFC Boise Main Card:
Junior Dos Santos vs. Blagoy Ivanov – Dos Santos def. Ivanov via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
Sage Northcutt vs. Zak Ottow – Northcutt def. Ottow via TKO (hammer fists) at 3:13 of Round 2
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rick Glenn – Glenn def. Bermudez via split-decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Randy Brown vs. Niko Price – Price def. Brown via knockout (hammer fists) in Round 2
Myles Jury vs. Chad Mendes – Mendes def. Jury via TKO at 2:52 of Round 1
Cat Zingano vs. Marion Reneau – Zingano def. Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Alejandro Perez vs. Eddie Wineland – Perez def. Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Darren Elkins vs. Alex Volkanovski — Volkanovski def. Elkins by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Scoggins — Nurmagomedov def. Scoggins by split decision (29-28 N, 28-29, 29-28)
Raoni Barcelos vs. Kurt Holobaugh — Barcelos def. Holobaugh by KO (punches) at 1:29 of Round Three
UFC Fight Pass Prelims:
Liz Carmouche vs. Jennifer Maia — Carmouche def. Maia by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Mark De La Rosa vs. Elias Garcia — De La Rosa def. Garcia by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:00 of Round One
Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel — Aguilar def. Esquibel by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic put his title on the line against reigning light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the headliner of tonight’s UFC 226 event in Las Vegas.
Stipe Miocic entered tonight’s contest on a six fight win streak, sporting an overall record of 18-2.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier is 20-1 in sum, his latest win coming over Volkan Oezdemir via second-round TKO at UFC 220 in Boston.
Round one begins and Miocic takes the center of the cage. Cormier is circling along the outside. He misses with a low kick. Miocic closes the distance and lands an uppercut. “DC” grabs a hold of the clinch and lands an uppercut. They break and Cormier connects with a low kick follows by a right hand. The fighters clinch up and it goes to the ground with Miocic on top. “DC” gets back to his feet and the fighters continue to battle against the cage. Knees from Miocic. Cormier with some shots while pressed against the cage. He is warned not to hit the back of the head. Cromier with a right hand and then a stiff jab. Miocic walks forward and connects with a right. Stipe looks way bigger than Cormier. The fighters grapple for position. Cormier breaks free from the fence and circles out. Stipe with a nice jab and then a hook. He lands another combination. Cormier comes back with a left. He leaps in with a nice combination. Cormier with a slap but it hits Miocic in the eye. We have a short stoppage so Miocic can recover. “DC” receives a warning and then we restart. Cormier with a one two. He lands a right hand and Miocic is down. Ground and pound its over!
Earlier this week, unfortunate news struck the mixed martial arts world when ESPN announced that current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway had been forced out of his scheduled UFC 226 title fight with Brian Ortega.
“Blessed” was hospitalized due to concussion-like symptoms and thus removed from this weekend’s highly anticipated UFC 226 pay-per-view fight card.
Max Holloway (19-3 MMA) has not competed inside the octagon since defeating Jose Aldo in their rematch this past December at UFC 218 in Detroit.
This marks the second time in a row that the Hawaiian champion has been forced out of a scheduled fight.
Back in April, “Blessed” was slated to fill in as a short-notice replacement against current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 but was eventually pulled from the bout after being deemed medically unfit to compete.
Max Holloway recently took to social media where he issued the following statement regarding his removal from UFC 226.
“It was what it was,” Holloway began. “Respect to Ortega and his team. Thank you [Dana White] and the [UFC] staff for making my health priority. Also thank you to [Jeremy Stephens] and [Frankie Edgar] for being about that champ life and stepping up. I see you. To all the fans I know this rollercoaster can be frustrating because my team is also on it with you. All I can say is I’m truly sorry and I hope you guys stay buckled in because it is far from being over. Don’t let the bad surprises distract you from the good surprises in this great sport. The best is still blessed.”
Holloway also responded to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champ Conor McGregor, who both wished him well after his UFC 226 withdrawal.
“Thank you my brother,” he said to Nurmagomedov. “I know you know what it is because your whole team is champions. Peace be with you.”
“Thank you champ champ,” he said to McGregor. One of the best minds in this game said we win or learn. This is learning for me. Hope to see you back brother.”
When do you think we’ll see Max Holloway back in the UFC’s Octagon?