The UFC has added a welterweight title bout to their UFC 228 show on September 8th in Dallas, and as is usually the case, a betting line didn’t come far behind the fight announcement. And unlike the other championship fight on the card, this one is actually somewhat close. Tyron Woodley will defend against Darren Till, and the champ has opened as the early favorite according to MMA Odds Breaker:
Woodley (18-3-1, 8-2-1 UFC) will be returning to the Octagon for the first time in over a year, after a long recovery from a shoulder injury. He has successfully defended his title three times, most recently defeating Demian Maia by unanimous decision in July 2017.
Till (17-0-1, 5-0-1 UFC) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Stephen Thompson in his hometown of Liverpool in May. However, he did not make weight for that fight and some scary footage of him trying to get to the welterweight limit surfaced in the aftermath. Nonetheless he will get his shot over interim champ Colby Covington, who apparently didn’t want to compete again until later in the year.
Woodley vs. Till will serve as the main event of the UFC 228 event. The other title fight on the card will see Nicco Montano defend her UFC women’s flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko.