By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A welterweight title fight featuring reigning champion Tyron Woodley defending his title against undefeated challenger Darren Till headlined last weekend’s UFC 228 event in Dallas.
“The Chosen One” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six contests which includes a first-round knockout victory over former division title holder Robbie Lawler.
Meanwhile, Darren Till (17-0-1 MMA) was last seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night event in Liverpool where he scored a controversial decision victory over former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
Round one begins and Till moves forward quickly. Woodley comes in with a punch and then a knee from the clinch position. He drops and grabs double under hooks against Till in the clinch. The referee steps in and tells the fighters to break. That seemed early. Back to standing now and Till takes the center of the cage. Woodley leaps in with a right hand that just misses the mark. Till shakes his finger as if to say “no” to Woodley. Tyron with a jab to the body. He lands another and then a big kick to the body. Till seems very tentative early. He finally leaps in but Tyron circles out before he can land anything. Woodley shoots in for a single leg. He presses Till up against the cage and lands a foot stomp. Knees to the body from Woodley now. Till is looking to score a trip but it is not there. The referee warns Woodley to work. Till switches the position. The referee steps in and breaks them up. Woodley with a right hand to the body. Till comes forward with a left hand which is blocked. Till comes forward and throws a head kick that misses the mark. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Till comes forward but eats a right hand that sends him to the floor. Woodley jumps on him and begins smashing him with punches and elbows. Till is bleeding all over the place. Another huge elbow from Woodley. Till is still trying to scramble and survive. Woodley connects with another massive elbow. He is slowing his pace now to conserve some energy. Woodley passes to half guard and begins working some short elbows. He moves to full mount. Till scrambles and gives up his back. Another scramble and Tyron is on top and back in half guard. More big elbows from Woodley. He has destroyed Till this round. Right hands now from Woodley. One minute remains in the round. Woodley looks to lock in a d’arce choke. It is deep. Till taps and it is all over.