UFC 228 next weekend will feature a welterweight title bout as champ Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley returns to defend his belt for the fourth time against #1 ranked contender Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till.
Speaking with Submission Radio, as the only common opponent between the two fighters, two-time welterweight title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson gave his take on the matchup.
“Darren Till is a big body, like I said, so he’s very heavy and he’s aggressive,” Stephen Thompson said of the fight. “Tyron, he doesn’t do well against those aggressive guys, especially who are just kind of in their face. And Darren is very long. And it’s for fear of Tyron gassing out, maybe. I guess that’s why he doesn’t do well against those aggressive guys. So, Darren Till definitely has the body, the mass to really push Tyron and tire him out. But on the other hand, Tyron Woodley’s a very intelligent guy. He’s very cerebral when it comes to breaking down fighters. So, he’s not gonna be stupid. Darren Till, he gives up his hips. Every time you throw a punch he leans way back and his hips are there. I think Tyron’s gotta use that right hand, and if he doesn’t knock him out with it, he’s gotta set it up to take him down. And he’s got the power to be able to hold Darren down, even though Darren Till is showing photos on his Instagram – cause people were posting up that he’s got some of the best Jiu Jitsu guys in the world helping him out. But this close to fight time it’s not gonna make a difference.”
Thompson may have been on the wrong side of the decision when he faced both Woodley and Thompson, however both the fights were controversial and could have easily went the other way.