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Woodley defends UFC title with submission of Till


Tyron Woodley, top, pummels Darren Till during their welterweight bout at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.

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Tyron Woodley had the crowd buzzing instead of booing in his latest UFC welterweight title defense.

The champion who keeps on winning is likely to avoid the wrath of UFC president Dana White this time as well, while Woodley waits for his next opponent.

Woodley sent Darren Till to the canvas with a right hand early in the second round, then repeatedly punched and elbowed his English opponent in the face and head before finally winning by submission at UFC 228 on Saturday.

It was the fourth title defense for the 36-year-old and his first in more than a year after he was roundly booed and even criticized by White in his previous win in the 170 pound mixed martial arts division.

“Winning conquers everything if you really think about it,” Woodley said. “As long as you keep winning, you keep building up your stats and people go back and look at your record, at the end of the day, they’re going to recognize you as the greatest of all time.”

“That’s why I’ve been so quiet. I didn’t overly celebrate after the fight. I just went out there and got the job done,” he said.

Till (17-1-1) lost for the first time in his first title fight.

“Backstage, I was just too calm,” the 25-year-old from Liverpool, England, said. “I’m a weird person. Sometimes I’ll warm up hard and then sometimes I’m just relaxed. I don’t have the same type of ritual for every fight. This time it cost me. In my eyes, it cost me everything.”

Perhaps responding to the boos from his plodding win over Demian Maia in a five-round unanimous decision last summer in California, Woodley (19-3-1) came out aggressively before settling into a more conservative approach for most of the first round.

A right hand early in the second dropped Till, and with Woodley on top of his opponent, the crowd screamed for him to finish it with the repeated blows while Till desperately tried to stay in the fight.

With his neck bent in a headlock and a strained look on his face, Till started tapping Woodley’s hip as the referee stepped in to stop the fight 4 minutes, 19 seconds into the second round.

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