Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley turned in a superlative performance opposite the then-undefeated Darren Till just three months ago, submitting the 25-year-old phenom in the second round of a fight where the challenger didn’t land a single significant strike. Over the course of nine minutes and some change, “The Chosen One” nullified the Englishman’s vaunted muay Thai offense, comfortably controlling him in the first round before dropping him with a left hand in the opening minute of the second. From there, he softened “The Gorilla” with a hellacious sequence of elbows and punches before sliding in a darce choke and closing the show. Woodley walked into the Octagon as an underdog against whom UFC President Dana White was actively rooting and momentarily silenced his many critics with the showing, earning his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the process.
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