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Undefeated Englishman Darren Till handed UFC title shot

The 25-year-old Liverpudlian will challenge for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt at UFC 228.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson v Till Darren Till pictured before his recent win over Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson. Source: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

THE UFC HAS announced that a welterweight title bout involving rising star Darren Till (17-0-1) will headline the UFC 228 card in Dallas on 8 September.

The undefeated Liverpudlian will challenge reigning champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) in the main event at the American Airlines Centre in just over six weeks’ time.

Woodley, who underwent shoulder surgery last December, will be fighting for the first time since he overcame Demian Maia in July of last year.

The 36-year-old American has made three defences of the 170-pound title since he dethroned Robbie Lawler via first-round KO in 2016.

Utilising his explosive striking arsenal, Till has reached the top of the welterweight division with an impressive ascent since making his UFC debut in May 2015.

UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2 Tyron Woodley in the aftermath of his successful title defence against Demian Maia. Source: Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

A first-round stoppage of Donald Cerrone last October was followed by a unanimous-decision victory over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in May, although the 25-year-old did miss weight for the main-event bout in his hometown of Liverpool.

Colby Covington, having won an interim title at the expense of Rafael dos Anjos, was expected to be Woodley’s next challenger. However, Covington has been passed over for the title shot as he’s currently unavailable after undergoing surgery to rectify a nasal problem.

UFC 228 is also set to feature a women’s flyweight title bout between champion Nicco Montano and Valentina Shevchenko.

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