Liverpool’s own number two ranked welterweight Darren “The Gorilla” Till (17-0-1) is confirmed via Dana White, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, to fight current UFC welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (18-3-1) for the title at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.
This surprising turn of events comes after the interim welterweight champion Colby “Chaos ” Covington (14-1) opts out of the match after requiring nasal surgery. However, he is not immediately stripped of his interim.
Dana White states that Covington will be stripped of the interim belt “the moment the fight between Woodley and Till starts.” Which marks the second time someone was stripped of a title due to injury, the first being Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson.
This will be Till’s first shot at a title, in what seems to be a golden-brick road towards title convention. The 25-year old Liverpudlian’s streak in the UFC remains strong at 6 wins, including one attained, by some, controversially, against the now, #3 ranked welterweight karate specialist, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (14-3-1).
Tyron Woodley, on the other hand, will be returning to the octagon after almost a year defending his title against Brazil’s Demain Maia (25-9-0), and then going into shoulder injury.
During the absence, he has made several callouts to other fighters including Conor Mcgregor and Georges St. Pierre. With The Chosen One’s opponent now chosen, this is geared toward being one of the most exciting fights of 2018.