Tyron Woodley Says He’s Fighting Darren Till No Matter Even If He Misses weight At UFC 228
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley who is expected to defend his title against Darren Till at UFC 228 on September 8 from Dallas Texas and in case his opponent can’t make it, UFC has already installed a backup plan.
Woodley who’s returning to Octagon against Till after a year hiatus as he underwent shoulder surgery to repair an injury he suffered during his showdown against Demian Maia in July of 2017 at UFC 214.
His opponent Till who last fought back in May for a title eliminator fight against Stephen Thompson, as Till missed weight came in 3.5 pounds over the limit at UFC Fight Night 130. That marked the second time Till came overweight. The biggest question arises here can Till make weight this time, will Woodley still fight Till.
In case Till gets injured or can’t make it, UFC has a backup plan in the form of Welterweight contender Kamaru Usman (13-1).
In this situation, Woodley told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show of ESPN that he would still fight Till no matter what he weighs and has no interest in facing Usman.
“I’m chasing greatness. If he doesn’t make weight, he takes away for me the opportunity to add a fourth title defense on my resume. Whether he’s 176 or 170 on the dot, he’s still going to get that ass-whopping.”
“Me and Usman will fight at some point in time. But I’m not going to fight you on under 24-hour notice. I’ve been training for a 6-foot-3 striker, southpaw. Not a 5-foot-10 wrestler. Negative. I’m a world champion. I deserve proper notice. I deserve proper time to prepare and train for a world title I’ve worked so hard for. If he wants to fight me, it’s going to be a full training camp. I’ll gladly take that if offered.”
Woodley hadn’t tasted a defeat fight since 2014 when he came up shot to Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision at UFC 174. Then in July 2016, Woodley won the welterweight belt after defeating Robbie Lawler via first-round knockout at UFC 201.
Till who’s 5-0-1 since joining the UFC back in 2016. He stepped in to fight Woodley after promotion couldn’t come up on terms with Colby Covington.