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Georges St. Pierre: Fighting Tyron Woodley Not a ‘Complete Win-Win Situation for Me’

When Georges St. Pierre returned from retirement last year to face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship, he felt that all the cards were in his favor.
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Midnight Mania! Woodley Willing to Fight Colby at UFC 230- on One Condition

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The otherwise stacked UFC 230 is still without an official main event- though rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a Jon Jones return. Tyron Woodley, who just defended his welterweight title against Darren Till, said he is open to putting it on the line again at UFC 230. His dance partner would be erstwhile interim champion, inveterate trash talker Colby Covington. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I’ve got an MRI on my thumb and I’m sending it for a second opinion,” Woodley said. “If I’m good, then I have no issue with fighting in November. The more I fight, the better rhythm I get in the swing of things. Obviously, I just fought, so I’m still in phenomenal shape. I’ve been eating pancakes, shrimp fried rice, brownies – taking a week and eating some bullcrap.

“… It all depends on how severe my thumb injury is. I dislocated it in the first round punching him in the back of the head. I thought it was just jammed.”

That’s not why punching someone in the back of the head is against the rules, but it would seem Woodley suffered unintentional consequences for breaking them.

“The Chosen One” was quick to brush off Covington as a credible threat, saying that his former teammate wouldn’t try to wrestle him. That seems like quite the assumption.

“Think about it: I was going to fight Nate Diaz with a torn labrum,” Woodley said. “He’s not going to try to wrestle me. The only thing he does better than me is dress horribly and wear terrible hats. Outside of that, that’s it. That’s his only advantage – and having extremely corny trash talk.”

He said even if his thumb isn’t one hundred percent, he’s still confident against Covington.

“I would love to fight in Madison Square Garden again,” he said. “Not to sound arrogant, but would never take a fight against Darren Till if not 100 percent confident in both my hands. So I think I could beat (Covington) even if my hand’s a little jacked up.”


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Kamaru Usman Unfazed by Dana White’s Comments That Covington Will Fight Woodley Next

One might think Kamaru Usman would have an issue after hearing Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White announce that outspoken former interim champion Colby Covington would be next to challenge for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt, but he professes not to be bothered by the news.
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It Was ‘Do Or Die’ For Woodley At UFC 228

It’s no secret that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have not always been on the best of terms. Heck, company president Dana White didn’t even bother to speak with “The Chosen One” after he routed and submitted Darren Till at UFC 228 this past weekend inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas (highlights).

This UFC 228 post-fight pic pretty much sums up everything:

Indeed, Woodley had his back up against the wall this past weekend, coming into the bout with Till on the heels of three lackluster matches against the always-dangerous Demian Maia and his top-shelf Brazilian jiu-jitsu and two snoozers opposite Stephen Thompson (one of which White thought “Wonderboy” won). Woodley, of course, wasn’t shy about defending his performance(s).

Nevertheless, UFC seemed intent on moving in a different 170-pound direction with Till. And had that panned out there was a laundry list of worthy contenders for “The Gorilla” to fight waiting in the wings, including Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos, among others.

It’s a scenario not lost on Woodley nor his coach, Din Thomas (via MMAFighting.com).

“He understood what Darren Till was capable of and respected it throughout camp. Some of the other guys, with like Demian Maia or even ‘Wonderboy,’ it was like we knew that we had that puzzle to solve, but he never really felt like those guys could hurt him and put him away and embarrass him,” Thomas said. “But, he knew that Darren Till, if Darren Till was able to get off, he knew that Darren Till could embarrass him. So he said, ‘You know what, I’m not going to let this happen. I can’t afford to lose. The position I’m in now, the position that the world treats me, the way the UFC and everybody treats me, I cannot lose this fight.’”

Woodley was the embodiment of class after his big win. He didn’t gloat. He didn’t complain. He just won. He won huge. And, in the process, he reminded fight fans — and hopefully Dana White and Co. — of what he’s capable of inside the Octagon. Sure, that explosive talent has always been in there, somewhere, the previous three fights, but Woodley has explained he’s not going to “force opportunities.

In hindsight, it’s hard to blame him with his mixed martial arts (MMA) career basically on the line.

“I was saying that if Tyron loses that fight, he might as well retire,” Thomas continued. “He was in a do-or-die position, because they’re going to push him way to the back. If Tyron loses that fight, they would’ve never given him a rematch. He would’ve had to fight every top guy coming up. His next fight would’ve been (Kamaru) Usman and then Leon Edwards and then Santiago Ponzinibbio. He would never have been in a position to get back to that title, so he cannot lose.”

Woo-sah!

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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

Matches To Make For ‘Woodley vs Till’ Main Card Winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) as it staged UFC 228 from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. And of course, after earning a low score on my preview prior to fight night, the event delivered with nine finishes, including four on the main card such as Tyron Woodley’s impressive submission victory over Darren Till (see it again here).

Winner: Tyron Woodley

Who He Should Fight Next: Colby Covington

Let’s now screw this one up UFC, as this is the fight to make. While I didn’t have a big problem with the promotion pegging Darren Till as “Chaos’s” replacement against Tyron, I would’ve preferred UFC wait a month for Colby to get ready.

Just to avoid a potential upset and ruin this potential matchup. While it’s not one that will shatter box office records, it’s one that needs to happen bases on their history and Colby’s non-stop chatter. It’s the chance for Woodley to shut him up once and for all, or for Covington to say, “told you so.”

Winner: Jessica Andrade

Who She Should Fight Next: Title shot vs Rose Namajunas

Jessica deserves it without a doubt, which won’t be what Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants to hear, but tough cookies. No way on earth does “JJ” deserve it after getting stomped twice by “Thug Rose” and winning one fight since. Jessica is on a three fight win streak and put a stamp on it by knocking out Karolina Kowalkiewicz. I really don’t have to make a strong argument for Andrade, she did that last night herself.

Winner: Zabit Magomedsharipov

Who He Should Face Next: Yair Rodriguez

I just want to see this fight, and since Zabit defeated Brandon Davis to secure his win streak (see it), I’d like to see the promotion re-book this fight, possibly for UFC 230 in New York. “ZaBeast” wants Jose Aldo or Chad Mendes next, and though I’d like to see those fights, too, I don’t seem them happening anytime soon. Match him up against Yair, and if he defeats him, then give him Mendes or Aldo.

Winner: Jimmie Rivera

Who He Should Face Next: Dominick Cruz

No, Cruz shouldn’t be in the title conversation, as he is coming off a loss and an extended hiatus due to injury. While it’s a tough break for Dominick, he needs to win another fight in order to earn shot at the title. Call me crazy, but it’s getting kind of old seeing the same three fighters take one another in Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Rivera was on the cusp of a title shot before Marlon Moraes cleaned his clock, so a win over Dominick after taking out John Dodson, will put him back in the picture. For Dominick, handing Rivera another defeat definitely puts him at the top of the list.

Winner: Abdul Razak Alhassan

Who He Should Face Next: Geoff Neal

Both men scored impressive knockouts in Dallas, and this fight just screams “fun.” Geoff and Abdul are riding a four an three fight win streaks, respectively, and are looking to take the leap into the top 15. While they have plenty of work to get there, this matchup will help their case. Both like to bang it out, and I honestly don’t see a reason for this fight to happen.

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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 ‘Woodley vs. Till’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

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