After all the drama at the weigh-ins between Darren Till and Tyron Woodley, they put on a great show in the UFC 228 main event, with Woodley dropping Till and securing a D’arce choke.
Tyron Woodley went into UFC 228 as an underdog as many saw this fight being Till’s due to the length and reach of Darren Till. Despite not being very experienced, in his tests of Donald Cerrone and Stephen Thompson, he passed with flying colors, proving he belongs among welterweight’s elite fighters. Saturday night, he met his match in the welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and lost his undefeated record.
Woodley started the fight way more aggressive than he did in his previous fights against Wonderboy and Maia, shooting across the Octagon looking for a flurry and then shooting for a takedown, pushing Till to the fence. However, he couldn’t get him down and the two were separated from the clinch. After some more patience from Till, Woodley pushed the fight to the fence once again, and they were separated once more. Overall a close, uneventful first round.
To start the second round, Till ran across the octagon and immediately got dropped by a Woodley right hand and it looked like the fight was over. Woodley started dropping giant elbows as he began to swarm, looking for the finish. Despite this, Till survived as he locked up Woodley in his guard. Woodley would move to mount and then half guard. Till was trapped on his side and slowly secured a D’arce choke to get the tap! Tyron Woodley is still the welterweight champion, and Darren Till is no longer undefeated.
The impressive submission proved Woodley was worthy of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt in the opinion of the champion’s coaches, making for an emotional celebration.
Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till by Submission (D’arce Choke) in Round 2 (4:19)