Fri, Sep 7, 11:04am by Staff Writer
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns for its latest pay-per-view scale event this weekend, which will take place at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
It’s most recent pay-per-view in Los Angeles last month saw one of the biggest upsets in recent UFC history, with Henry Cejudo dethroning long time flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw retain his title in impressive fashion in his grudge rematch with former champ Cody Garbrandt.
This time around we also see two title fights on the bill, with the event headlined by welterweight champion Tyron Woodley who will defend his title against the promising #2 ranked Darren Till.
Till’s ascent up the welterweight ranks has been impressive where he holds an imposing 17-0-1 win-loss-draw record in his mixed martial arts career to date.
He is known for his exciting fighting style inside the octagon and outspoken confidence out of it, with his verbal game being on full display in the lead up to his bout with Woodley.
Woodley, who captured the UFC welterweight title in July 2016 with a devastating first round knockout over champion Robbie Lawler, has defended his title three times since then. Following his July 2017 defence over Demian Maia, Woodley has not fought due to undergoing reconstructive surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
As a champion, Woodley has yet to put in a performance to underline his standing at the top of the division and this bout with Till presents the ideal opportunity for him.
Both fighters enter this bout at $1.90 to emerge victorious with the market unable to split the two combatants.
One major advantage Till will possess entering the bout, in addition to his activity (his last bout was on May 27 this year), will be his height. At 185cm, Till is 10 centimetres taller than the champion and is arguably the biggest welterweight on the UFC roster.
Woodley has much vaunted power as displayed in his title victory over Lawler and in the early rounds of his first title defence against Stephen Thompson. However, it has rarely been on display since and his inactivity could work against him here.
The co-main event is a women’s flyweight title bout which will see the inaugural flyweight champion Nicco Montano do battle with former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko.
Montano captured the flyweight title by winning the finale of the promotion’s long-time reality program ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, defeating Roxanne Modafferi by five round unanimous decision.
Shevchenko, who is best known for her two bouts with bantamweight Amanda Nunes, which included a controversial split decision defeat for the title at UFC 215, has dropped down a weight class to the recently created flyweight division.
She has had the one bout within the weight class, defeating Priscila Cachoeira via a second round rear naked choke submission, which earned her performance of the night honours at UFC FIght Night 125 on February 3.
Shevchenko will be keen to capture her first title within the promotion and the market leans heavily to this taking place with the challenger an overwhelming $1.08 favourite compared to champion Montano at $6.50 to retain her title.
With 14 fights on the card, there are plenty of betting options available to punters for UFC 228 to consider, which will feature plenty of fan favourites including Zabit Magomedsharipov, Jessica Andrade and Carla Esparza.
Tyron Woodley versus Darren Till is a terrific main event and is set to be one of the fights of 2018. Despite Woodley being perceived as undersized and undercooked heading into this bout, he has an all-round fighting game which cannot be overlooked.
Expect Woodley to show why he is the champ here, negotiating a fierce Till early onslaught and proceeding to stop the challenger in the middle rounds.
Suggested Bet: Tyron Woodley by KO/TKO @ $3.75 (Method of Victory)
Value Bet: Tyron Woodley to win in Round 3 @ $14.00 (Round Betting)
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