Reigning UFC welterweight champion of the world Tyron Woodley produced a champion’s performance to submit British challenger Darren Till in the second round at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.
Woodley went into the bout as the betting underdog, with the oddsmakers on both sides of the Atlantic favouring the undefeated Scouser, who earned his shot at the title with a decision victory over two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UFC Fight Night in Liverpool back in May.
But the defending champion made a mockery of the odds as he took advantage of Till’s patient early approach to floor the Brit and finish him on the ground.
After a largely uneventful opening round, the fight exploded into life early in the second when Woodley decked Till with a huge right hand, then followed the Brit to the mat.
Once there, the defending champion proceeded to unload a barrage of ground and pound as Till covered up and tried to stay in the fight.
To his great credit, Till managed to survive Woodley’s heavy-handed onslaught, but as the champion’s pace started to drop, his fighting brain took over, and he locked up a tight D’Arce choke that forced Till to tap out at the 4:19 mark in the second round.
It was a dominant performance from Woodley and a crushing loss for Till, who lost for the first time in his mixed martial arts career.
Till’s defeat will leave him pondering his future, and whether he should continue at 170lbs or move up to middleweight (185lbs) and fight at a more natural weight.
As for Woodley, he could be slotted in as the main event attraction at UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, New York on November 3, potentially against the outspoken former interim titleholder Colby Covington.
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