Apparently, Tyron Woodley’s next title defence won’t come against Colby Covington. Instead, he will officially defend his welterweight title against Darren Till on UFC 228.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that that the highly anticipated 170-pound bout between the two fighters will headline UFC 228 in Texas on September 8.
Initially, it was Interim UFC welterweight champion Covington who was supposed to get the title shot – as he earned his belt back at UFC 225 after beating Rafael dos Anjos by decision. However, he turned down the matchup due to his recent surgery to correct a “nasal issue.”
UFC Couldn’t Wait for Covington
According to ESPN, Covington said he would only be able to return in November for UFC 230. But UFC couldn’t wait that long to book the champion vs champion fight as they have a few options to headline the pay-per-view in September.
For this reason, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Covington would be stripped of his interim title at the beginning of the Woodley vs Till fight. The same scenario happened to Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson when they were stripped of their lightweight titles at UFC 223.
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till for welterweight title will headline UFC 228 on Sept. 8 in Dallas, per Dana White. Colby Covington has not been stripped of interim title yet, but he will be the moment Woodley vs. Till begins. Similar situation to UFC 223. https://t.co/Qw6ygV6DsV
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 24, 2018
Woodley vs Till at UFC 228
UFC 228 will officially be headlined by a welterweight bout between reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Darren Till.
Woodley (18-3-1) has successfully defended the welterweight title three times, and the upcoming bout will be his comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery in December.
While division contender and rising English star, Till (17-0-1), recently earned a huge victory over karate expert Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision win at UFC Liverpool.
Tyron Woodley Highlights
Meanwhile, here’s a video showing some of Woodley’s highlights throughout his UFC career.