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UFC 228: Tyron Woodley vs Darren Till Betting Odds

For the first time in over a year, the welterweight title will be on the line as Tyron Woodley returns to defend his belt against Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas on September 8. The champion, who hasn’t fought since UFC 214 in July of 2017, opened as the -1300 favorite looking to hand the undefeated challenger his first career loss as Till came back at EVEN odds.

This is the third straight fight that Till has been the underdog, and of course, he has been victorious in both of those previous scraps, including a unanimous decision over former title challenger Stephen Thompson. “The Gorilla” has had trouble on the scales as he weighed in at 174 pounds in his last fight and also weighed in at 176 pounds three fights prior – the 170-pound limit may be an issue for the challenger. Woodley has been a favorite in each of his last two fights, and it appears that since he won the belt at UFC 201, he’d rather hold on to it rather than seeking the finish. A mindset like that against Till could get him in trouble.

How will Woodley vs Till play out?

Woodley (-130) has scary explosive power that can finish the fight with one punch. In addition, “The Chosen One” has a remarkable takedown defense of 94 percent, having only been taken down once in his UFC career, by current Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The 36-year-old has five career submissions but they all came in his first five fights. Since then, he has chosen the knockout route to finish his opponents, earning six T/KOs over his next 13 fights. The champ looks for an opportunity to counter and swarms with true one-punch knockout power. Woodley has been out since UFC 214 rehabbing after shoulder surgery from a torn labrum.

Till (EVEN) is long and athletic. He enters this bout 17-0-1 with 10 of his victories coming by way of T/KO. “The Gorilla” had a huge step-up in competition when he clashed with the always-dangerous Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night Liverpool in May. Till executed his game plan perfectly, avoiding the outstanding counter kickboxing of “Wonderboy” while landing enough strikes to win the fight. The 25-year-old had a completely opposite style when he fought longtime veteran Donald Cerrone, in which Till just swarmed him with impressive power and scored the first-round T/KO.

Both fighters have the ability to finish the fight with a single strike. We have seen Woodley stumble against Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields, both fighters who have great skills on the ground, but when it comes to the standup game, the champ always gets his hand raised. It will be interesting to see how his shoulder holds up because if there are any lasting effects from his surgery, Till will exploit that and seek the finish. The fight will be close and it’ll come down to who can figure out his opponent first. Once that happens,  then the scrap could be over quickly after.

Tyron Woodley vs Darren Till Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Tyron Woodley-130
Darren TillEVEN

Odds as of August 9 at Bovada

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