Darren Till knows he’s in for a serious test when he takes on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 228 on September 8.
As most people know, Woodley is a world-class wrestler and ferocious puncher. In Till’s eyes, however, Woodley’s biggest strength is the mental side of his game.
“Everyone talks about Tyron being a power puncher, a strong wrestler, a physically strong guy. People forget the fact that he’s really intelligent,” Till said at a media day earlier this week (transcript via BloodyElbow). “He’s a very intelligent guy. He knows how to break fighters down.
“Right now, I can guarantee he’s watching with his coaches how to break me down, how to beat me. That’s his skill, his best attribute,” he added.
“I’m sort of the same, but in a different way. I’m not strategizing, I will strategize on the night and let my coach do all that. I will figure Tyron out inside the Octagon and I will beat him,” he said. “But that’s Tyron’s best attribute. He’s a very intelligent man.”
If it sounds to you like Darren Till has a lot of a respect for Tyron Woodley, well, you’re right. In fact, Till says he has a lot of respect for all of his opponents — even the ones he hits with pre-fight trash talk.
“Every fighter I fight, if I talk shit or whatever, that’s just talking shit. I respect everyone. They’ve all got something special, otherwise they wouldn’t be fighting in the highest level.”
Who do you think will come out on top when Darren Till and Tyron Woodley battle for the UFC welterweight title in the main event of UFC 228 on September 8? Join the conversation in the comments section below.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/30/2018.