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.
Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA) will compete for the first time since UFC 214 in July of 2017 when he defeated submission specialist Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
“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.
Prior to that, Till was coming off a sensational first-round TKO victory over Donald Cerrone.
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.
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?
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could potentially be defending his title against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Earlier today BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor confirmed that Nate Diaz had started a new fight camp and was closing in on a deal which would see him return at the December 30 event in Las Vegas.
This evening MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that a bout between Woodley and Diaz was being discussed by UFC officials but that no deal has been reached as of yet.
Nate Diaz has not competed since UFC 202 where he suffered a majority decision loss to current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a bout contested at welterweight.
“The Stockton Slugger” had previously defeated “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 by way of second-round submission (rear-naked choke).
Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley was most recently seen in action at July’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, where he successfully defended his title against submission specialist Demian Maia.
“T-Wood” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six octagon appearances scoring wins over Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson and the aforementioned Demian Maia in that time.
Woodley’s last loss came way back at UFC 174 in June of 2014 when he was outpointed by former title challenger Rory MacDonald.
Who do you think will emerge victorious if Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz square off for the welterweight title at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA) was originally slated to make his long awaited octagon return this summer in a middleweight title fight opposite current division champion Michael Bisping.
Unfortunately for fight fans hoping to watch “Rush” square off with “The Count”, the proposed fight was delayed due to a lingering eye injury suffered by the Canadian star.
Now it appears that Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre bout has been scrapped entirely as UFC president revealed to MMAJunkie that the promotion has a new plan for the former welterweight champion of the world.
“Georges and I talked a couple days ago when he was in Vegas,” White said in an exclusive interview at UFC headquarters. “Georges is saying he wants to fight; we’ll get this thing figured out. We’re talking about Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. These two are going to fight soon. That will free up the 170-pound champion for Georges St-Pierre to return and try to regain his belt.”
News broke earlier this evening that current welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley would be defending his title against top division contender Demian Maia in the co-main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.
With that said, Georges St-Pierre will now meet the winner of the newly announced Woodley vs. Maia matchup.
The timing would work very well for “GSP” to return to the cage against the Maia vs. Woodley winner at Madison Square Garden this November in New York.
St-Pierre was last seen in action at UFC 167 in November of 2013, where he earned a split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks.
“GSP” will return to action riding a current twelve-fight win streak, which includes victories over Nick Diaz, BJ Penn, Carlos Condit, Matt Serra, Jake Shields and Matt Hughes just to name a few.
What do you think of the news from UFC president Dana White?