Tyron Woodley To Defend His Welterweight Title Against Darren Till
Darren Till has the chance to become only the second Englishman to hold a UFC title when he face Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title at UFC 228 in September.
In June 2016 Michael Bisping became the first Englishman to hold UFC gold when, as a late replacement, he stopped Luke Rockhold in the first round to become middleweight champion.
Just over two years later and Darren Till has the chance to become only the second man from these shores to win a UF title when he faces Tyron Woodley in the American Airlines Centre, Dallas Texas.
The fight was announced last night on UFC's Twitter account:
Woodley was meant to be taking on interim champion Colby Covington but the American has reportedly undergoing surgery for a nasal issue and has been stripped of his interim title in the process of missing out on the title fight.
Till seemed to preempt the news about Covington last week on social media when he tweeted Woodley to call him out:
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25 year old Till has earned his shot at Woodley after beating number one contender 'Wonderboy' Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night in his hometown of Liverpool back in May, although that fight was at a catchweight after the Scouse born fighter missed weight.
Woodley and Thompson fought twice for the belt in late 2016 and early 2017. The first fight ended a draw on the scorecards but Woodley won fight by a majority decision in the rematch.
Since then the 36 year old American has defeated Demian Maia last July to take his title defences to three after winning the belt against Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.
Woodley hasn't fought since defeating Maia due to an injury to his right shoulder, that saw Covington become interim champion after Rafael dos Anjos in June.
Till is undefeated in six fights in UFC, having won five and drawn one of his previous fights, and will be looking to become champions for the first time.