The speculation for what’s in store for UFC 228’s headliner as well as the welterweight title picture has come to an end.
After Darren Till’s initial hinting that interim champion Colby Covington wasn’t going to be able to fight before November, he called for a title fight with the undisputed champion Tyron Woodley.
The day after, Covington would confirm that he was indeed on the mend following his big title win over former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 225.
But the UFC doesn’t like to wait around and because of Covington’s unreadiness, he will be stripped of the title. But not until the title fight headliner of UFC 228 between Woodley and Till begins (similarly to UFC 223) as reports ESPN.
UFC 228 takes place in Dallas, Texas on September 8th.
The champion, Woodley hasn’t been seen inside the Octagon since his July 2017 meeting with Demian Maia at UFC 214. A bout that he won via lopsided unanimous decision for his second successful title defense.
As for the new title challenger Till, his last fight came in a victorious hometown effort over Woodley’s former rival, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
The fight was as close a fight could get but the judges saw it in favor of the Liverpool native.
Till comes as a bit of an interesting choice to get the shot just because he missed weight for this bout with Thompson as well as his fight against Jessin Ayari that took place two fights prior.
After UFC 225’s title fight lost the title implication due to a fighter missing weight, one would think the UFC would hate for that to happen again.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/24/2018