Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC 228 went down last weekend (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who was knocked out cold by Jessica Andrade (see it). And Carla Esparza, who was rag-dolled by Tatiana Suarez before getting finished in the third and final round.
But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, 48 hours removed from the show? Darren Till.
"The Gorilla" wasn't supposed to be fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title so soon, but when opportunity knocked, Till wasn't going to be the fool to not answer it.
Going into his first-ever world title fight, he wasn't lacking confidence, promising to end Tyron Woodley’s dominant 170-pound reign, chirping into a mic every chance he could. And how can you blame him? He's a young, undefeated banger with knockout power to sleep anybody in the division.
But, “The Chosen One” is a polished veteran of the sport with championship experience, one who wouldn't get rattled by a young lion trying to take him out.
From the opening bell, Till made it a point to show Woodley that he was going to be in for a fight, pressing him from the jump. Always the calm, cool assassin, Woodley didn't flinch, taking what Till had to offer while dishing some of his own stuff out.
It was at the beginning of round two where it changed in the blink of an eye, as Woodley cracked the over-aggressive Brit with a powerful right hand. From there, Woodley pounced on his wounded foe with some vicious ground-and-pound. Woodley made sure not to punch himself out, taking his time to sink in an air-tight d'arce choke to score his third straight title defense (see it again here).
And once again he laughed in all of the bookies who dubbed him an underdog.
For Till, the loss is a crucial one, marking his first-ever defeat and putting his championship dreams on pause. Till is young in his UFC career, and he'll have plenty of opportunities to fight for a title again (much to the chagrin of Snoop Dogg).
As for what's next for Till, perhaps a showdown against Rafael dos Anjos is in order, as he was critical of Darren get the title shot against Woodley. dos Anjos also came up his short in his bid to capture the interim division strap against Colby Covington, the man who will likely be facing Woodley next.
The winner can get back on track and back into the fast line of the championship hunt. Unless, of course, you have a better idea?
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