Tyron Woodley Runs Through Darren Till with Second Round Submission at UFC 228

Tyron Woodley needed less than two rounds to hand Darren Till his first professional loss as the welterweight champion defended his title at UFC 228

After more than a year away from the cage, Tyron Woodley re-established himself as the best welterweight on the planet with an emphatic win over Darren Till at UFC 228.

While he was out of action due to shoulder surgery, Woodley heard all about the welterweight contenders rising up the ranks including former interim champion Colby Covington as well as Till, who defeated former title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson earlier this year.

Woodley quickly reminded everybody in the division that he’s still the king as he dispatched Till in impressive fashion.

While the first round didn’t produce a ton of action, Woodley was still able to showcase his power and control by muscling Till around the Octagon while looking for the clinch and takedowns on several occasions.

The momentum shifted in a big way after the second round got underway when Woodley connected with one of his signature power right hands that crushed Till and sent him crashing to the canvas.

Woodley followed up with a barrage of punches and elbows that cut Till and seemingly had him nearly finished but to his credit, the 25-year old Liverpool native found a way to survive while still absorbing a lot of punishment.

With Till doing everything possible to avoid Woodley’s punishing ground and pound, he failed to see the set up for the D’arce choke from the welterweight champion.

Once Woodley saw the opening, he quickly latched onto the submission and cranked on the choke until Till had no choice but to tap out with the end coming at 4:19 into the second round.

“He didn’t recognize, I saw him keep letting me slip my hand in there and once he did that I just put the top of his head on my stomach and at that point I knew I was going to get it,” Woodley said about the submission, which also earned him a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu that was handed do him after the fight.

It was an incredibly impressive outing from Woodley, who took a lot of criticism after his last two fights didn’t exactly produce a lot of non-stop action. On Saturday night, Woodley reminded the world what he’s capable of doing as he made quick work of Till with the second round submission.

Afterwards, Woodley wasn’t ready to ask for anybody else by name but instead just offered to face whoever the UFC throws at him next.

“What I’m going to do is just continue to fight, whoever they put in front of me, I’m going to beat them up and I’m the best welterweight of all time,” Woodley stated.

What’s most likely for Woodley is a showdown against former teammate Colby Covington, who was the interim champion until the main event took place on Saturday night at UFC 228. There’s a ton of bad blood between the two fighters and it’s tough to imagine the UFC won’t try to capitalize on that with a matchup between Woodley and Covington later this year or in early 2019.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.