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UFC 228 live blog: Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till

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Tyron Woodley faces off with Darren Till ahead of their welterweight championship main event bout at UFC 228 on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas
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This is the UFC 228 live blog for Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till, a welterweight championship match at Saturday’s UFC event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Woodley, who is undefeated in his last six bouts including three consecutive title defenses, faces Till, who is undefeated in 18 pro bouts, in the main event.

Check out the UFC 228 live blog below.

Round 1: Dan Miragliotta is the referee for this championship main event. Woodley coming out quick, he darts in with a 1-2 and then looks to clinch. Till doing a good job of tying him up and avoiding a trip. Miragliotta calls for a reset. Lots of feinting, but Woodley explodes with a right hand and that causes Till to back up. They’re both taking their time trying to figure out the right striking distance. Woodley connects with a body kick. Till not throwing anything. Woodley goes in for a single leg, it’s blocked and they’re grappling against the cage with Woodley leaning on him. Till just holding on, perhaps looking for another reset. The challenger spins them around, but Miragliotta then resets them. Not much action as the round closes.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Woodley.

Round 2: Woodley gets an early knockdown with a right hand and he is all over Till. Big punches and elbows from top position. Till trying desperately to get Woodley into full guard. He’s cut open and Woodley is unloading with ground-and-pound. Miragliotta sees Till is still defending intelligently and he’s not stepping in. Woodley being deliberate with his ground strikes. He advances into half guard. He works for full mount and Till looks to hip escape, but Woodley stays heavy on top and returns to Till’s half guard. Elbows from the top by Woodley. Woodley has Till’s right arm trapped and he is just pummeling the challenger with his own right hand. Woodley attempting a D’Arce choke and Till taps.

Official result: Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till via submission (D’Arce choke) at 4:19 of round two