Opinion: Nobody In The UFC Can Beat Tyron Woodley

At UFC 228, welterweight’s front-runner Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley has defended his belt successfully for the fourth time, against the #1 contender from England Darren Till. Woodley made the fight look easy and landed a right hook to drop Till in the second round, forcing ground and pound upon him before sinking in a D’arce choke and getting the job done in style.

“The Chosen One” has been under criticism for his recent performances after claiming the belt from Robbie Lawler, when he knocked out Lawler in explosive fashion. Many people think he fights too safe for it to be entertaining. However, Woodley banks over $500k per title defence so who can blame him? But let’s take a look at Woodley’s title defences and see why he has played it so “safe”.

Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 1&2

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is a striking maestro of the highest order. A legit karate expert who has converted to MMA and become one of the best fighters on the MMA leaders roster. Before he met Woodley had a 13-1 record and was riding a six-fight win streak where he beat the likes of Robert Whittaker, Johnny Hendricks and Rory McDonald.

In both of the fights, it was slow and calculated with both athletes trying to find their way in to strike each other. Made slower by the fact they are both predominately counter strikers. What we saw was two of the UFC’s top strikers in a chess match of striking without the risk of getting clouted on the chin with a knockout counter shot. The first fight was a majority draw (meaning Woodley retained the belt) and the second fight Woodley won the decision.

Tyron Woodley vs Demian Maia

Demian Maia is possibly the greatest submission expert we have seen inside the UFC since Royce Gracie. There is something quite incredible when you watch Maia get his opponent to the ground and wrap himself around them in a boa constrictor fashion and sink in an unforgiving submission to offer his opponent two options, tap or say goodnight. Prior to fighting Woodley, Maia was on a six-fight win streak where he submitted Niel Magny, Carlos Condit and Matt Brown all by rear naked choke.

So in this fight, it was clear Woodley wanted to avoid the ground game by all costs, a fact that somewhat suppressed his striking prowess as takedowns are much easier to secure on a wild swinging opponent. Despite what seemed like four million takedown attempts, Maia was unable to take down the champion and was forced to show his CM Punk style striking skills where Woodley was able to counter effectively and secure another title defence over a top contender.

So Woodley felt like he had a point to prove against Darren Till and he did just that as previously stated. I think we can all appreciate what an outstanding champion Woodley is. Explosive striking, legit wrestling and now a Brazilian Ju-jitsu black belt are all weapons “The Chosen One” has in his arsenal and he reads the fight game better than anyone in the welterweight division.

I think we will see Woodley as the welterweight champion for a long time and am very excited to see him defend the belt and compete for years to come!

Ryan Cambridge

 

Opinion: What next for Tyron Woodley and the other UFC 228 main card winners?

In the days leading up to UFC 228, a number of people could be found on social media writing this card off as ‘boring’ and promising that they wouldn’t be watching. Of course there is no real way to tell just how much of that was just social media bravado but if people really did avoid this card, they missed out on one of the most entertaining events of the year so far.

For any of you who think I’m exaggerating, I’d invite you to check out these two finishes, neither of which were awarded performance bonuses…

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Report: Tatiana Suarez calls out Rose Namajunas after dominant UFC 228 victory

After an impressive TKO victory over the former strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, Suarez makes it clear she has her sights on gold. In her Octagon interview with Joe Rogan Suarez made a clear call out to the current women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Continue reading “Report: Tatiana Suarez calls out Rose Namajunas after dominant UFC 228 victory”

Results: UFC 228 – Woodley vs. Till

Saturday 8th September – American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

In the main event, Tyron Woodley will defend his UFC welterweight title against Darren Till. Woodley has seemed to be invincible at the top since winning the belt in dramatic fashion from Robbie Lawler. He will hope this form continues against a heavy hitting and game Darren Till, hungry to live his dream and capture the welterweight strap. Continue reading “Results: UFC 228 – Woodley vs. Till”

Report: Upset Valentina Shevchenko “not surprised” by Nicco Montaño’s withdrawal, believes this “was her plan from the beginning”

Following the dramatic news that UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montaño () had been transported to a local hospital and wouldn’t be defending her title at UFC 228, her opponent, Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) has taken to social media to express her total lack of surprise.

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News: Nicco Montaño’s team releases statement after she is pulled from UFC 228 title fight

The UFC women’s flyweight champion will not compete Saturday at UFC 228 in a scheduled title fight with Valentina Shevchenko after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning due to kidney issues, per her team. Continue reading “News: Nicco Montaño’s team releases statement after she is pulled from UFC 228 title fight”

Report: Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White booked for UFC 228

UFC officials have announced that legend, Diego Sanchez (27-11) will face UFC newcomer, Craig “The Thundercat” White (14-8) in a welterweight matchup. The two will do battle inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 228, on September 8th. Continue reading “Report: Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White booked for UFC 228”

Fight Preview: Tyron Woodley vs Darren Till At UFC 228

Two years after Tyron Woodley shocked the world and obliterated the former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, he has his fourth opportunity to defend his belt against the English brawler Darren Till. In this article, we will take a look at both fighters as we wait patiently for UFC 228.

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MMAMotion Week In Focus #2

Another week in the crazy world of MMA, we have had UFC Calgary with a crazy card, Conor Mcgregor has had his court hearing, Bellator adding multiple fighters to their roster and Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series once again lives up to expectations. In this article, we will take a quick look at the main things that happened in mixed martial arts last week.

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Breaking: Darren Till vs Tyron Woodley at UFC 228

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.

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