Out of no where, UFC welterweight champion Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) will return back in action to take on #2 ranked undefeated contender Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till (17-0-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) at UFC 228 on September 8 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
At UFC 225 last month, Colby Covington defeated former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos via unanimous decision to become the UFC interim welterweight champion, which guarantees him a unification bout against the champ Woodley.
Woodley on the other hand, had fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained the last time he fought inside the octagon at UFC 214 in July last year. Woodley wanted to return back into action however Covington is still recovering from some health issues which opened the door for Till.
There were reports of Covington being potentially stripped of the title. UFC president Dana White cleared the air on the situation following the UFC on Fox 30 weigh-ins.
“So the way that the interim belt works, you fight for the interim belt, which means you get the next shot at the champion,” White explained. “You’re the interim title holder. You get a shot at the champ when he’s ready cause the champ is out for whatever reason, for however long. Woodley was back, Woodley was ready to fight and Colby wasn’t ready to fight. So we’re not going to hold up the thing with two belts for the champion.
“When the champion’s ready, you need to be ready to go. So as soon as one punch is thrown in this fight, it’s for the title.”
“He won the title and he’s still the guy,” White said about Covington. “When he’s ready, he’ll get the next fight.”