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The UFC visits American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, and it’s bringing along a title fight, as welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will put his belt on the line against a budding superstar in Darren Till.
There was to be a second title bout in the co-main event, but Nicco Montaño was hospitalized Friday morning before weigh-ins, so her female flyweight defense against Valentina Shevchenko was canceled.
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Woodley has officially defended the UFC welterweight championship twice since he won it in spectacular fashion against Robbie Lawler in July 2016. But he has defended his actions, performances and demands a thousand times over in that same time frame.
Woodley, 36, has something of a complicated title reign. He actually might not see it that way. To Woodley, his title reign has been a series of triumphs and overcoming adversity. He believes he wrote a blueprint to defeating the complex striker, Stephen Thompson. He wrote another one against the great submission artist, Demian Maia.
He overcame a serious shoulder injury in the first round of his title defense against Maia last summer. And despite the heavy criticism he faced in 2017 for what fans and even UFC president Dana White perceived as “boring performances,” Woodley is only two fights removed from a Fight of the Night against Thompson at UFC 205.
There’s a lot to be proud of in Woodley’s championship run, but that’s not what usually gets mentioned. It’s not rare to open up an online forum and see fans refer to Woodley as a “whiner” — a guy who is always looking for a money fight but doesn’t really deserve one. A champion who should say less and fight more aggressively.
“It’s difficult because people aren’t doing their own research,” Woodley told ESPN. “There are so many fights, every week, people are not up to speed. If people really did their research, they would see I’m not complaining. I’m willing to talk about facts and truth, and sometimes facts and truth come off as complaining.
“What I’ve recognized is I can tell the truest story possible, but people might not be willing — or even want — to receive it. So, lately I’ve personally chose to not tell the story. The only reason to tell the narrative in the past was so fighters who came after me didn’t have to experience the things I experience. I’ve seen people in the position of champions who were too scared to speak up about these things, because they were scared of messing themselves up. I felt obligated to use my platform for change.”
This fight isn’t “Woodley vs. The UFC,” but there are certain elements of that. The UFC has taken a strong interest in Till and has backed him from a promotional standpoint.
For Woodley, Saturday is an opportunity to further build his case as one of the best welterweights of all time in a fight that, on paper, could be more entertaining than his past two. And if he happens to do it against an opponent he thinks the UFC might not mind him losing to, that’s all the better.
“People only remember your last performance,” Woodley said. “If you do the math, look back on my career, every person that was an aggressive fighter or attempted to be aggressive against me, what happened to them? They got knocked out. I think history is going to repeat itself.”