(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till bout from Dallas is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT.)
UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till features the long anticipated return of welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, though he won’t be fighting the man that was supposed to be next in line for the title shot.
Interim welterweight champ Colby Covington was supposed to be next for Woodley, but had to decline fighting him at UFC 228 because of a planned surgery. With Covington on the sidelines, Woodley will instead fight British knockout artist Darren Till.
Though Till has struggled on the scale in the welterweight division – he has twice failed to make the mark – a win over top contender Stephen Thompson in his last bout made him the obvious choice to challenge Woodley when Covington was ruled out. He is 17-0-1 in the cage with his only blemish being a majority draw Nicolas Dalby.
Woodley (18-3-1) has been on the sidelines for more than a year, having dealt with a torn labrum in his right shoulder following a win over Demian Maia at UFC 214 in July of 2017. He had been mentioned in connection with Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz bouts during that time, but is just now getting back to the Octagon for the bout with Till.
The UFC 228 co-main event had been slated to feature the first ever defense of the women’s UFC flyweight title, as champion Nicco Montano was scheduled to put her belt on the line against Valentina Shevchenko. Montano, however, was transported to the hospital ahead of Friday’s weigh-in and the bout was canceled.
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