Tyrone Woodley drops a bomb on Darren Till and proceeds to strangle the life out of him
After months of anticipation, and worries about weight cuts, Darren Till and Tyron Woodley finally squared off in the Octagon tonight at UFC 228 with championship gold on the line. Till came into the fight following a meteoric rise up the welterweight division, going undefeated in 6 UFC bouts. Woodley meanwhile also went into the main event undefeated in the UFC and looking to make it four consecutive title defences.
After UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano fell ill during her weight cut, forcing the cancellation of the events co-main fight and the stripping of her title, all eyes were on Till and Woodley to ensure the main event would still occur, and the belt would still be on the line.
Physically one of the biggest welterweights ever, many questioned Till’s ability to make the 170lb title fight weight limit. These fears were only legitimised after Till missed weight by 4 pounds in his contendership fight with Stephen Thompson. The extent to which the cut was depleting Till was made clear as a documentary crew filmed him attempting to drop the final few remaining pounds.
However, the brash Liverpudlian responded to his critics in stereotypical fashion at the weigh-in yesterday. After weighing in under the limit at 169 lbs, Till proceeded to flip the double bird to the media members in attendance.
The weight cut also appeared to have been problematic for Woodley. The American weighed over the limit at 171 lbs on his first attempt, then, after removing his boxers managed to make the championship weight of 170lbs.
The animosity between the pair was tangible right up until the fight ended. At the media day, the two engaged in an intense staredown with neither man willing to give up any ground to the other.
When the two finally squared off in the Octagon it was Tyrone Woodley that left victorious and took home the gold with a masterful perfomance.
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