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Tyron Woodley to defend against Darren Till, not Colby Covington, at UFC 228

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Tyron Woodley’s next defense of his UFC welterweight championship has been set. And it won’t be against Colby Covington.

UFC officials have confirmed that Woodley will defend his title against Liverpool’s Darren Till on September 8th in Dallas. The bout will serve as the main event for UFC 228.

After defeating Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship just last month at UFC 226, Covington was slated to be next for Woodley to “unify” the titles. Covington recently had nasal surgery which means he will not be ready to fight Woodley in September and will therefore be stripped of his belt the moment Woodley versus Till begins.

Till brings a 17-0-1 record with him to Dallas where he’ll get his first crack at UFC gold after recent wins over former 2x title challenger Stephen Thompson and UFC vet Donald Cerrone. The ultra popular Englishman will be making his United States mixed martial arts debut after competing in Brazil, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, Argentina and the Netherlands.

Since knocking out Robbie Lawler in just over two minutes back at UFC 201 in 2016, Woodley has defended his welterweight strap 3 times. He retained against the aforementioned Thompson after their first fight went to a draw when the promotion made their Madison Square Garden debut. Woodley would defeat Thompson via majority decision the following year before beating Demian Maia just months later. Woodley’s next defense against Till will mark his first defense in over a year due to surgery on a torn labrum suffered during the Maia bout.

Tickets for this event go on sale tomorrow, July 25th for UFC Fight Club members beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Newsletter subscribers get to grab their seats 24 hours later before the general public gets to grab up the remaining tickets on Friday, July 27th beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

Here’s a look at your full fight card for UFC 228 ‘Woodley vs. Till’ as it stands tonight:

Welterweight Championship Main Event
Tyron Woodley (c) (18-3-1) vs. Darren Till (17-0-1)

Women’s Strawweight Championship Co-Main Event
Nicco Montano (c) (4-2) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (15-3)

Featherweight Bout
Yair Rodriguez (10-2) vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-2) vs. Jessica Andrade (18-6)

Bantamweight Bout
Jimmie Rivera (21-2) vs. John Dodson (20-9)

Women’s Strawweight Bout
Carla Esparza (13-5) vs. Tatiana Suarez (6-0)

Bantamweight Bout
Aljamain Sterling (15-3) vs. Cody Stamman (17-1)

Flyweight Bout
Ryan Benoit (10-5) vs. Roberto Sanchez (8-1)

Middleweight Bout
Darren Stewart (8-3) vs. Charles Byrd (10-4)

Welterweight Bout
Frank Camacho (21-6) vs. Geoffrey Neal (9-2)

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