UFC 228 goes down sept 8th live from Dallas, Texas. UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Darren Till will do battle as they go toe to toe in the main event for the 170lbs title.
Tyron Woodley will make his fourth title defence since winning the belt at UFC 201 back in 2016 when he knocked out Robbie Lawler in the very first round. Continuing his winning streak, the next three title defences saw Tyron Woodley go the distance, twice with Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and most recently to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Demain Maia in July last year. But the following months would see the Champion out on the sidelines undergoing surgery, so the UFC introduced an interim title. This title was won by Colby Covington who defeated Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 225 but Covington won’t hold on to this for very long. After a visit to the White House to meet President Donald Trump, Covington will be stripped of the title as he was unable to unify the belts against Woodley this Sept.
In came Darren Till, who stepped up to replace Colby Covington to get his first shot at UFC gold. The Liverpudlian is undefeated with 17 wins to his name. His first round TKO win over Welterweight Donald Cerrone, shot him up into the top of the division in his first headline spot in Gdańsk Poland. With the support of Liverpool behind him, Darren Till took on former title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson next in the main event in his hometown,taking away the win once again to put him up into the mix.
But with Darren Till’s previous weight cutting issues hanging heavy over this fight. Tyron Woodley has made it clear that he will still accept the fight even if Darren Till is unable to make the 170lbs limit, an issue Till and his team say will be irrelevant this time around.
Till remains confident his striking will outclass Woodley’s and aims to knockout the Champ. But Tyron Woodley also holds knockout power of his own and has a strong wrestling background that could be key in this match up. Either way This fight is sure to get the fans exciting.
In the co-main event the UFC Women’s Flyweight title is on the line with Nicco Montano defending her belt for the very first time against former Women’s Bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko.
Montano won the vacant Flyweight title by winning the Ultimate Fighter season 26, defeating Roxanne Modafferi in the finals back in December. She is new to the promotion with an overall record of 4 wins and 2 losses.
Standing in her way is the Russian, Valentina Shevchenko who has bulldozed her way through both the Women’s Bantamweight and Flyweight divisions. With her only losses in the UFC coming to UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes, she has her eyes now fixed on Flyweight gold. She has a record of 15 wins and 3 losses and ton of Muay Thai and Kickboxing experience. Montano will have her hands full when she goes to battle with the dangerous striker this weekend.
UFC 228 goes down sept 8th live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Follow MMACrazy on twitter for all the latest updates.