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09th Sep 2018

Liverpool’s Darren Till forced to tap out in main event of UFC 228

And still

Darragh Murphy

That pull-back right hand is no joke.

Tyron Woodley’s favourite shot is well documented and it was the pull-back right hand that first put Darren Till on his backside in the main event of UFC 228.

Liverpool’s Till was the betting favourite in his first shot at UFC gold but the welterweight title remained around Woodley’s waist after a stunning d’Arce choke.

‘The Gorilla’ tasted defeat for the first time as a mixed martial artist after being forced to tap out to Woodley’s first submission in the Octagon in the second round on Saturday night.

The first frame was a tentative affair but one that the defending champ took just due to his activity on the feet.

And the second round was a dominant one for ‘The Chosen One’ as he dropped Till and went to work with thudding elbows from guard.

Till seemingly didn’t recognise the threat of the d’Arce choke after being split open and he had no choice but to submit when the squeeze became too much.

“Tyron was the better man. Shit happens,” Till said in his post-fight interview.

“I’m just gutted but I’ve had losses before MMA and it just makes you stronger. There’s no excuses. Tyron was the better man tonight.

“Make no mistake, I’ll come back stronger and I will still solidify myself as one of the best ever. The goal doesn’t change but fuck it, mate. It really, really hurts. Especially the way I went out.

“It was Tyron’s night and well done to him.”