Darren Till landed one strike on Tyron Woodley. ONE STRIKE! Till’s title fight was an absolute disaster. Till was completely outclassed and looked like a fighter that shouldn’t have gotten an opportunity to fight for the title. Before getting choked out Till survived a relentless barrage of punches and elbows. It was hard to not be impressed by the beating he took.
Till shouldn’t have gotten a title shot at this point in his career, plain and simple. Till had an impressive record of 17-0-1 coming into the fight. Till has wins over Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone, but he could have used more seasoning. Till also didn’t make weight in his last fight and missed the cut by four pounds. The fight with Thompson was a lackluster win. I just find it hard to reward a guy that misses weight and doesn’t win decisively.
Like the fight showed till wasn’t ready. Till landed one strike. Woodley landed 131 strikes. Yeah, you read that right 1 to 131. Woodley has gotten a lot of flak for being “boring” lately, but this win has reminded everyone why he’s the champion. Till was basically a lamb that was led the slaughterhouse. Woodley is becoming an all-time great before our eyes.
Considering that Till got most of the promotional build up for this fight it’s a pretty devastating blow for UFC that he got embarrassed the way he did. Till is still very young and has a lot of room to grow. Till should head to the middleweight division after his loss and work his way back up from there.
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