Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley dropped No. 2-ranked contender Darren Till with a right-hand bomb and finished with a D’arce choke submission to retain his title in the second round of Saturday’s main event at UFC 228.
The win marks Woodley’s third consecutive title defense. He also handed Till his first career defeat.
Till entered the bout – as a replacement for injured No. 1 contender Colby Covington – with a 17-0-1 career record, telling everyone who would listen that he’s the best welterweight in the world.
Till failed to produce any offense in the first round. Woodley took control of the round from the clinch.
Then he unloaded in the second.
Woodley looked for the finish via ground and pound, but Till showed plenty of resolve, fighting from his back to stay in the fight.
The champion showed his versatility, however, as he turned to submission as a means to end the bout, garnering a black belt in the process.
Woodley neglected to select his next opponent in his post-fight interview, opting instead to promote a rap single he’s releasing with Wiz Khalifa.
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