Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till UFC 228 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 9/8/18
Darren Till vs. Tyron Woodley
UFC: Saturday, September 8, 2018 (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Woodley -125 / Till +105 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Tyron Woodley and Darren Till fight Saturday during UFC 228 at the American Airlines Center.
Tyron Woodley enters this fight with a 18-3-1 record and has won 39 percent of his fights by knockout. Woodley has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a July (2017) win over Demian Maia. Woodley is averaging 2.48 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 47.2 percent. Woodley is averaging 1.4 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 45.6 percent. Woodley hasn’t fought in well over a year since defending his UFC Welterweight Championship, a fight in which he lasted five rounds, landing 57 strikes and producing a knockdown. Woodley continues to show that impressive takedown defense and has proven to be a patient, high IQ fighter that gets results. Woodley is a balanced fighter who has speed, quickness, a deep wrestling background and has produced six knockout victories. There’s really not a glaring weakness in Woodley’s attack, and he’s finished five of his last nine opponents. Some may consider Woodley to be a boring top tier fighter who has seen a lot of his bigger fights end in decision, but he hasn’t lost in over four years and his style gets the job done on the highest level. This will be Woodley’s second career fight in Texas.
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Darren Till enters this fight with a 17-0-1 record and has won 59 percent of his fights by knockout. Till has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a May win over Stephen Thompson. Till is averaging 2.67 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 46.3 percent. Till is averaging 0.56 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Till is coming off a monster upset victory in which was an underdog of at least +150. Till landed 40 strikes in the five round win and produced a knockdown. Till will now fight for the third time since October and hopes to get his biggest win of his career yet. Till is a balanced fighter who relies on Muay Thai, accurate stand up striking and has an effective ground and pound. Till has extreme power in both hands, has an effective uppercut and can drop anybody in this division with one clean shot. If his win over Cowboy wasn’t enough to convince you of his ability, Till should have your attention now. This will be Till’s first career fight in Texas.
Till has proven he has the goods to be considered one of the top fighters in this division, and we’ve hit on him a couple times as a nicely priced underdog, including his last fight. Nobody is underrating Till this time around. However, I have a hard time betting against Woodley and his fight IQ. Woodley is one of the smarter and technically sound fighters you’re going to see in the octagon, he has a great takedown defense and takes what his opponent gives him. It may not always be the sexiest style to watch, but Woodley is effective and does what it takes to win. Fighters like this are tough to bet against.
I like Woodley to defend his belt.