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UFC 228: Tyron Woodley chokes out Darren Till to retain welterweight title

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Published 12:41 AM EDT Sep 9, 2018

DALLAS — Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) again proved his doubters wrong, finishing heavily hyped challenger Darren Till (17-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in the second round n impressive fashion to retain his title.

Tyron Woodley, top, pounces on Darren Till.
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The welterweight title bout was the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 228 show at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Woodley stood on the outside to start before rushing froward with a flurry of punches and moving into the clinch. A quick knee up the middle landed for Woodley before he wrapped the body and started looking for the takedown. Till defended well against the cage, and referee Dan Miragliotta brought them back to the center.

On the restart, Woodley again stayed at range, bouncing lightly on his feet before launching forward with a right hand that landed clean. Till pawed out his right hand and pushed Woodley away when he looked to drive forward. Woodley answered with a high kick shortly after, though Till shrugged it off.

Till remained patient in the center, and Woodley looked briefly for a single-leg takedown, though he was forced to abandon it and again turn to the body-lock. Woodley landed a few short knees inside, but Till was able to spin off the cage, and the two were again broken apart by Miragliotta.

Till finally fired a big left on the restart, though Woodley covered well. Woodley blocked a high kick, as well, bringing the round to an end.

Till was quick to the center to open the second, but as he pushed forward, Woodley cracked him with a big right hand, sending him to the floor. Woodley immediately jumped on top, raining down with punches and elbows. Till was clearly hurt but did his best to rally, working his legs inside and trying to create room. Woodley continued smashing away, and blood began to pour from his opponent’s hairline.

After much effort, Till was finally able to bring Woodley in tight and slow the pace. However, Woodley broke free shortly after and continued to deliver big elbows and forearms to his opponent’s head. Till turned to his side and looked to escape, but Woodley’s pressure was heavy and his attacks relentless.

With time winding down and Till doing an admirable job of surviving, Woodley trapped the head and arm and reached over to complete the hold. Cinching the grip, Woodley squeezed, and Till was forced to tap to the D’Arce choke with 41 seconds left in the round.

Published 12:41 AM EDT Sep 9, 2018
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