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
UFC 228 results: Tyron Woodley submits Darren Till to retain welterweight title.
Tyron Woodley claimed he was the best welterweight of all time.
The oddsmakers, however, claimed he was an underdog -- and their numbers suggested English challenger Darren Till would emerge from the UFC 228 main event at American Airlines Center in Dallas with the 170-pound belt securely in his possession. Woodley, as it turned out, knew the real score. He proved it by dropping his previously unbeaten challenger with a right hand before ultimately forcing a tap out thanks to a D'arce choke at 4:19 of the second round.
"(There were) a lot of people hating against me, but there's more people that's with me," he said. "You don't fight with the odds."
Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko
UFC 228: Valentina Shevchenko blasts Nicco Montano amid title fight cancellation.
The scheduled co-main event for UFC 228 on Saturday night in Dallas was supposed to see Valentina Shevchenko challenge for the women's flyweight championship against inaugural titleholder Nicco Montano. On Friday, the title bout was scrapped after Montano was rushed to the hospital prior to weigh ins because of concerns over her health.
Zabit Magomeds vs. Brandon Davis
Zabit Magomedsharipov submits Brandon Davis.
Brandon Davis was a plucky underdog on Saturday night, a former Contender Series competitor who found himself fighting a monster in Dagestan’s Zabit Magomedsharipov.
But the talent difference was simply too much to overcome. After a cautious opening round, Magomedsharipov poured it on in the second round before scoring a kneebar from the back mount and getting the tap. The time of the finish in the featherweight main card bout at UFC 228 in Dallas was 3:46.
Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Jessica Andrade knocks out Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Jessica Andrade is doing exactly what she needs in order to get another shot at the UFC strawweight championship.
The 26-year old from Brazil put on a hellacious show in the co-feature bout of UFC 228 on Saturday night, delivering a one-hitter quitter of a knockout against a highly skilled opponent in Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
The time of the finish at American Airlines Center in Dallas was 1:58 of the opening round.
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Niko Price
Abdul Razak Alhassan scored his third consecutive first-round KO victory.
This time the victim was fellow up-and-comer Niko Price. This one didn't last long. A left hook is what put Price out cold. Take a look at the finish that could be a bonus-worthy performance.
The rest of the card
Jim Miller def. Alex White via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of R1
Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza via third-round TKO (strikes)
Jimmie Rivera def. John Dodson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Roberto Sanchez vs. Jarred Brooks — Brooks def. Sanchez by split decision,
(29-28 28-29, 29-28)
Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart. Stewartdef. Byrd by TKO,
(elbows) at 2:17 of Round Two
Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho via second-round KO (kick)
*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.