Saturday, September 8, 2018,
The countdown to the last UFC event of the summer has begun. UFC 228 gets underway on September 8th in Dallas at the American Airlines Center.
The UFC 228 headliner pits welterweight champion Tyron Woodley against Darren Till. This fight will be the first time in over a year that the welterweight title will be on the line. The co-main event will be just as wild as the headliner when flyweight champ Nicco Montano defends her title against No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko.
Woodley is a slim betting favorite at -145 even though he has defended the welterweight belt three consecutive times. The most recent defense ended with a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia on July 29, 2017. Woodley KO'ed Robbie Lawler in the first round of UFC 201 to win the title a year earlier.
Till is listed at +125 to beat Woodley. He has won 18 straight pro-career MMA fights and is 5-0-1 in UFC action. His last match ended with a unanimous decision over Stephen Thompson in May. Till will have to hit 170 pounds for this fight. He missed weight in May 2017 when he came in at 176 pounds for a bout against Jessin Ayari.
Women's flyweight title:
Nicco Montano (c) +550
Valentina Shevchenko -800
UFC women's flyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 winner Montano is an underdog when she defends her title against top-contender Shevchenko. The challenger is favored to win at -800.
Montano earned the inaugural flyweight championship in December at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 26. Before beating Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision to earn the title, the champ posted stunning upset wins over former Invicta FC champions Lauren Murphy and Barb Honchak.
Shevchenko is the top-contender in both fighters 125-pound weight class. She initially joined the UFC to compete in the 135-pound division but failed to leave her mark.
Last years split decision loss to UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was an eye-opener for Shevchenko, spurring her return to to the flyweight division.
When: September 8, 2018
Where: Dallas. Texas
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till
Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Yair Rodríguez vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann
The rest of the card
Jim Miller vs. Alex White
Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez
Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson
Ryan Benoit vs. Roberto Sanchez
Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.