UFC 228 is a strange mishmash of thrilling, predictable, and – depending on your viewpoint – utterly boring. The card is filled with relevant, high level bouts. Fourteen of the 28 fighters on the card are ranked and men’s bantmaweight and women’s strawweight could be headed for a shakeup. There are also some great action fights. Alhassan vs. Price and Magomedsharipov vs. Davis should be thrilling. The two title fights, at the top of the event, however?
Woodley vs. Till and Montano vs. Shevchenko may draw some eyes under the false pretense that Till and Shevchenko are amazing finishers, but their actual interest is going to lie in a a more nuanced set of expectations… either that or the fights will just suck.
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Here’s the UFC 228 lineup as it stands right now:
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till
Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis
Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price
Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann
Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson
Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart
FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White
Jim Miller vs. Alex White
Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilova
Jarred Brooks vs. Roberto Sanchez
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho