Tyron Woodley successfully defended his welterweight title for the fourth consecutive time against challenger Darren Till in the main event of UFC 228 last night.
Woodley(19-3-1 MMA), who hasn’t fought in 14 months, showed absolutely no signs of ring rust against Till in what could be considered the best performance of his career. Woodley, who has come under fire for some of his past performances, showed everyone why is he is the welterweight champ and did it in spectacular fashion by finishing Till with a D’Arce choke in the second round of their five-round fight.
Till(17-1-1 MMA) never could get anything going and didn’t land a single punch. He pressed the action and did have great takedown defence, stopping all four attempts by Woodley to get him to the ground. However, Woodley clearly baited the younger Till. Woodley allowed Till to back him up so that he could he could catch him with that powerful right hand. That same powerful right he used against Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson.
From the moment he got dropped, Till was in complete survival mode. Woodley relentlessly unleashed a barrage of vicious elbows. How Darren Till managed to hang on as long as he did is baffling because Woodley was hammering this kid with elbows. Till hung in there but was no match for Woodley, who managed to transition and sink in a D’ Arce choke with less than a minute left in the second round.
When asked in his post-fight interview who his next opponent would be, this was Woodley’s response:
“It’s kind of tough to say. Anytime I say I want to fight a certain person I don’t get the response I want, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. Whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to beat him up.”
Till gave it up for Woodley and offered no excuses for his loss:
“Tyron was the better man. Sh*t happens.”