Darren Till vs. Tyron Woodley Is A Dream Scenario For Kamaru Usman

UFC 228 Could prove to be a dream scenario for welterweight Kamaru Usman.

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A ‘Dream Scenario’ for Kamaru Usman just may become a reality, as he will serve as the official standby for the UFC 228 main event title-fight between Darren Till and Tyron Woodley.

Speaking with Luke Thomas on a recent episode of The MMA Hour ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ explained that whether or not the UFC reaches out to him is irrelevant. He will be on weight Sept 8 to realize a dream.

“It wasn’t really a selection process; I believe I was the rightful guy to be fighting for the belt in the first place,” said Usman.

“I was already training before they announced the fight,” he continued. “I was already going to make weight regardless of whether they called of not. It was going to be in Dallas, my hometown — that’s my fight. That’s a perfect fight for me.”

“So, I was already in training and fortunately [the UFC] was like, ‘Hey, we want you on standby’. I was going to do that anyway, they didn’t have to tell me. I was going to be there on weight whether they compensated me to be there or not. I was going to do that for free because that was my shot.”

A sportsman in every sense of the word, Usman doesn’t wish any ill will on either Till or Woodley. That being said, he admits he has dreamt of this exact scenario.

“If Darren Till is able to make weight, more power to him, I want him to be able to make weight and get his shot. And if everything is fine with Tyron, more power to him. But in my dreams I dreamt this was the process of how I become champion.”

“Nothing changes for me,” Usman said of his preparation. “The only difference is with the scheduled bout, there’s a little less of that pressure, a little less of that anxiety that you feel. Once you have an opponent in your mind that you’re preparing for, you’re working on specifics and you get guys in to mimic what they do. This is different where I don’t have to do that. I’m just training hard, doing the things I’m good at and kind of, in a roundabout way, doing some mimicking things of what these guys are good at. It’s a little less stress, I kind of prefer it this way.”

Gold is the be all end all for Usman, so Woodley would be his preferred opponent if his services were called upon in Dallas. However, from a purely stylistically point of view, Usman beleives Till is the better option.

“If it was just as opponents, of course I would rather [fight] Till. Till is a bigger guy, right now he’s got the wave, he’s got the whole country behind him. He’s that face guy that the UFC is really behind and they’re really trying to push. So, yeah, I’d want Till, for sure, absolutely,” he said. “Plus, he hasn’t really been tested. Everyone wants to see that ground game tested. I want to test that, I want to see what he possesses down there when he’s put on his back.”

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Colby Covington Is Rooting For Tyron Woodley At UFC 228

Despite a very public feud, Colby Covington is rooting for Tyron Woodley at UFC 228.

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Despite their very public beef, Colby Covington is rooting for Tyron Woodley at UFC 228.

Matchmakers acted swiftly when interim welterweight champion Colby Covington opted to take care of a sinus injury rather accept a fight with champion Tyron Woodley. The matchmakers instead went with rising UK star Darren Till to challenge Woodley for the title at UFC 228 on Sept. 8, 2018.

However, Covington believes that without the presence of Jon Jones or Conor McGregor, Woodley can’t sell pay-per-views. That’s exactly why ‘Chaos’ thinks the UFC should’ve stood pat and waited a month.

“They don’t sell f*cking pay per views in the UK [where Till is from], and obviously no one cares about Woodley,” Covington told BJPENN.COM Radio. “He always has to piggyback off Jon Jones, and piggyback off Connor McGregor to make his money. So we know he can’t sell pay per views, so let’s be honest, this isn’t gonna do over 100,000 buys. They should have just waited for me,” he added.

“I would have easily got them 500,000 buys [if they had waited for me],” he said. “I’m a seller. I can promote. I know what I’m doing now, and I think they rushed it.”

Covington’s rise to the top of the welterweight division was not by chance. The American Top Team (ATT) fighter is as cerebral as he is talented. That’s why he doesn’t want “The Chosen One” to mess up his plan.

“I never thought I would say this, but I’m actually rooting for Woodley,” he said. “I want him to win, because I don’t want him to f*ck up everything I built, I built this fight with him for over a year-and-a-half. I’ve been begging to fight him, dude, he’s ducking me every shot he can. So I’m begging for Woodley not to f*ck this up.”

Woodley has his hands full with Till. Many MMA prognosticators have the young Brit pegged as the future of the division.

A Covington-Till fight just doesn’t have the same heat as a potential Woodley fight does.

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Darren Till Reveals True Feeling About Welterweight Champ Tyron Woodley

Darren Till has had some negative press as of late, but that hasn’t stopped him from explaining his true feelings about welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.

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Darren Till has been in the news as of late due to the comments he made regarding his girlfriend and daughter. But that hasn’t stopped the Brit from explaining his true feelings about welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.

Few fighters have experienced such a meteoric rise to the top of a division as the UK’s Till. ‘The Gorilla’ is riding high after a victory over two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson in Till’s backyard of Liverpool last May. The win, however, was not without criticism.

Although he fought well Till missed weight for his main event fight with Thompson due to personal issues with his pregnant girlfriend. In a post-fight interview, Till himself stated he didn’t think he did enough to deserve a title shot.

The UFC matchmakers thought otherwise.

“I went to Vegas to speak to the UFC and have dinner,” Till told ESPN. “I knew they were going to offer me a big fight and then I started to hear the rumors. The UFC called me and said, ‘Tyron [Woodley] has now accepted the fight, we’re just waiting for the contract back, but the fight is on.’”

Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 to capture the interim welterweight strap. It seemed a unification bout between Woodley and the interim champ Covington was a foregone conclusion. However, when Covington decided to take care of a sinus issue instead of fighting Woodley, it caused a bit of ‘chaos’ for matchmakers. Enter Till.

“I had to turn social media off,” Till said. “It was just crazy. Just to see the messages rolling through and people shouting, ‘Till beat Tyron,’ booking flights and booking hotels, that’s becoming the norm right now. I can’t wait to showcase all my years of hard work to the Americans and have all my fans with me, my family and people who’ve just been there for no other reason than to support Darren Till.”

Till is the latest in a long line of British mixed martial artists. Surprisingly enough though, only Michael Bisping has achieved the ultimate dream of UFC gold.

“I think it’s got nothing to do with skill set,” Till explained. “I think it just boils down to right place, right time and just being able to break them big fights. Maybe it wasn’t England’s time and right now I feel like it’s England’s time.”

“We’ve got so many good fighters at the moment and I’m one of them, I know I am. Bisping deserved to be the first champion from the U.K. He paid his dues. Now it’s me. I am going to be England’s second world champion. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. Tell me any different.”

The Liverpool native holds Bisping in high regard. It isn’t just the incredible will of Bisping that has impressed Till all these years, its that he did it without any performance-enhancing drugs.

“I believe he had a lot of setbacks due to other people’s doings,” Till said. “Bisping is a clean athlete and it comes down to whether you’re clean or not. I’m totally against the use of drugs and ******** in the UFC and any performance enhancing drugs. Shows a lot about someone’s mental state if they have to do that. I don’t agree with it and Bisping never felt like he had to do it, so it’s only right he won the world title when he did.”

Both fighters have taken shots at each other on social media. Despite that, Till actually has a ton of respect for the champ. He just doesn’t think Woodley is going to win a popularity contest anytime soon.

“I think he is one of the best welterweights of all time,” Till said. “He’s the kingpin of the division. I don’t think he’s been the best champion, but he is a champion and he’s no pushover. He’s beaten everyone. He’s beaten top-level competition. He’s beaten better competition than I’ve beat. That doesn’t change the fact of what’s going to happen on the 8th of September.”

“I’m going to impose my will on Tyron Woodley, not the other way around. Tyron is a good fighter when he’s coming forward and bullying people. I think his biggest strength is his mind. He’s very intelligent and knows how to win fights but he just hasn’t faced a person like Darren Till. He’s faced many great guys but they’re all different from me and I just don’t believe Tyron can beat me.”

The waiting is nearly over. Can Darren Till become just the second British fighter to capture UFC gold? Or does Tyron Woodley continue to bolster his claim at the welterweight GOAT?

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Colby Covington Reveals Reason For Turning Down UFC 228 Title Fight

Colby Covington has another reason for not fighting Tyron Woodley.

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It’s apparently time Colby Covington reveals the real reason he’s not fighting at UFC 228.

‘Chaos’ won the interim title with a win over Rafael dos Anjos at June’s UFC 225. He was then thought to be moving onto a trash talk-filled rivalry with champion Tyron Woodley. But Covington claimed he was recovering from nasal surgery when the UFC wanted him to fight at September 8’s UFC 228.

‘The Chosen One’ had been out of action long enough due to his own surgery last summer, however. So Woodley vs. Darren Till was soon signed, therefore leaving Covington to be stripped when the fight begins.  Although Covington first claimed nasal surgery, he recently said via MMAjunkie he wanted the fight to have a long build-up as well:

“Why are they trying to rush a camp?” he said. “This fight needs a build-up, man. It needs a 12-week promotional build-up. Let me get out there and show that I can promote, and I can market fights and sell fights. Because nobody’s selling fights like me. I know how to do that now. These other guys, they don’t know how to do that. I wanted the fight, but I didn’t want the date. There was no way I was going to be ready.”

And maybe though it seems like Covington should be mad about the situation, he claims he is not. He’s more focused on the positives and will wait for the winner:

“It’s only been up for me. I don’t think about the negative in my life. I just think about the positives. They’re not stripping anything. I earned that belt. The only way you can take that belt is by beating me in the octagon, and there’s not a man alive that can beat me.

“Whether it’s ‘Tyquil’ Woodley or ‘Tillsbury Doughboy,’ I’ll be ready for that No. 1 contenders fight.”

While the still-interim champion claims he’s not focusing on losing out on the fight, his tenacity clearly still burns. Covington wondered why the UFC would rush Woodley vs. Till when his rivalry with the champ was a much better billing in his eyes.

Based on that, Covington issued a final warning to the champ:

“I want this fight more than anything,” Covington said. “I want this fight more than I want to breathe. Literally, that’s how badly I want this fight.

“It sucks. (The UFC is) looking at the short-term goals. Woodley-Till, that’s not going to do over 100,000 (pay-per-view) buys. I don’t know why they’re rushing to make that fight. Me and ‘Tyquil,’ that was going to be a big money fight. That was going to be a draw. That’s the fight I built. …

“It sucks, but it is what it is. Now, this time, I’m just hoping Tyron doesn’t (expletive) this up. That’s all I can say to him, is Tyron, don’t (expletive) this up. I built this. You didn’t build this.”

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Kamaru Usman Set to Fill in for UFC 228 Main Event if Needed

Kamaru Usman is not giving up on his quest to become UFC welterweight champion of the world. Interim titles and already-announced title matches aside, Kamaru Usman doesn’t seem to let anything impede his forward thinking to the day that welterweight ch…

Kamaru Usman is not giving up on his quest to become UFC welterweight champion of the world. Interim titles and already-announced title matches aside, Kamaru Usman doesn’t seem to let anything impede his forward thinking to the day that welterweight championship will be wrapped around his waist. Earlier today, Usman was more specific on when […]

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Kamaru Usman Set to Fill in for UFC 228 Main Event if Needed

Kamaru Usman is not giving up on his quest to become UFC welterweight champion of the world. Interim titles and already-announced title matches aside, Kamaru Usman doesn’t seem to let anything impede his forward thinking to the day that welterweight ch…

Kamaru Usman is not giving up on his quest to become UFC welterweight champion of the world. Interim titles and already-announced title matches aside, Kamaru Usman doesn’t seem to let anything impede his forward thinking to the day that welterweight championship will be wrapped around his waist. Earlier today, Usman was more specific on when […]

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