UFC 228: Woodley Submits Till, Keeps Title

Darren Till’s undefeated record is no more, and Tyron Woodley is still the UFC welterweight champion, coming out on top in the main event of UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas.

The opening round saw not much going on, with a lot of focus on grappling and clinching. Referee Dan Miragliotta did not have much patience for the pair’s clinching, standing them up and separating them at what seemed to be a quicker pace than normal. But Woodley seemed to do enough, or Till may not have done much, and the champion appeared to take the opening round.

Woodley made things more definitive in the second, rocking the English challenger early on before taking the fight to the ground attempting to get the finish. While he was unable to get the TKO, Woodley managed to get in a d’arce choke on the less experienced Till, submitting him in the round to get the win and make a successful title defense.

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UFC 228 also saw highlight reel knockouts from the likes of Jessica Andrade (a first-round win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz), Abdul Razak Alhassan (a 43-second finish of Niko Price) and prelim fighter Geoff Neal. While Zabit Magomedsharipov and prelim fighter Aljamain Sterling each scored a kneebar win.

UFC 228 Main Card:
UFC Welterweight Championship: (c.) Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till via submission (d’arce choke) (Rd. 2, 4:19)
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Andrade def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz via KO (Rd. 1, 1:58)
Featherweight: Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Brandon Davis via submission (banana-split kneebar) (Rd. 2, 3:46)
Bantamweight: Jimmie Rivera def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Niko Price via KO (Rd. 1, 0:43)

UFC 228 Preliminary Card:
Women’s Strawweight: Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:33)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamann via submission (kneebar) (Rd. 2, 3:42)
Welterweight: Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho via KO (Rd. 2, 1:23)
Middleweight: Darren Stewart def. Charles Byrd via TKO (Rd. 2, 2:17)

UFC 228 Early Preliminary Card:
Welterweight: Diego Sanchez def. Craig White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Jim Miller def. Alex White via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 1:29)
Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana def. Lucie Pudilova via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Flyweight: Jared Brooks def. Roberto Sanchez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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