For the very first time in over a year, the welterweight name will be on the line since Tyron Woodley yields to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas on September 8. The winner, who has not fought since UFC 214 at July of 2017, started as the -1300 favorite looking to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back at EVEN odds.
This is actually the third straight fight that has become the underdog, and of course, he’s been successful in both of these preceding scraps, such as a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. “The Gorilla” has had trouble on the scales because he weighed in at 174 lbs in his last fight and also weighed in at 176 pounds three struggles prior — the 170-pound limit may be an issue for the challenger. Woodley was a favored in each of the last two fights, and it appears that because he won the belt at UFC 201, he would rather hold on to it instead of seeking the finish. A mindset such as that against Until could get him in trouble.
Will Woodley vs forever perform?
Woodley (-130) has terrifying volatile power that may finish the fight with one punch. In addition,”The Chosen One” includes a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, with just been shot down after in his UFC career, by present Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five livelihood submissions but all of them came from his first five fights. Since that time, he’s chosen the knockout route to finish his opponents, earning six T/KOs over his following 13 fights. The champ looks for an chance to counter and swarms with true one-punch knockout power. Woodley was outside since UFC 214 rehabbing after knee operation from a torn labrum.
Until (EVEN) is long and athletic. He enters this bout 17-0-1 using 10 of his victories coming by way of T/KO. “The Gorilla” needed a huge step-up in rivalry when he awakened with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson in UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Until implemented his game strategy perfectly, avoiding the outstanding counter kickboxing of”Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the fight. The 25-year-old had a completely opposite fashion when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, in which Till just swarmed him with remarkable power and scored the first-round T/KO.
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