Tyron Woodley Defends One Belt and Earns Another in the Process

This past weekend’s UFC 228 provided us with not only a super exciting card but also showcased some exciting submissions throughout the card kicking off with a rear naked choke on the UFC Fightpass featured bout from veteran Jim Miller, snapping four-fight losing streak and overcoming a debilitating fight with Lyme disease in the process. The evening also featured a pair of unprecedented kneebar submissions. In a feat never seen in the octagon, Matt Serra/Ray Longo prospect Aljamain Sterling caught Cody Stamann with a wicked kneebar from back mount! While maintaining the back mount! As if that submission [from that position] wasn’t rare enough, Zabit Magomedsharipov caught Brandon Davis with a near identical kneebar submission! Bringing us to the main event. Returning to the octagon for the first time in over a year, UFC welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley decisively defended his belt in a highly anticipated matchup against the soaring, undefeated upstart, Darren Till. With an incredible diversity to his attack, Woodley was able to dictate the range in which the bout took place for virtually the entire bout. After landing a solid counter right-hand to drop Till, Woodley wound up finding himself in Till’s full guard. Executing a clean high-step of Till’s guard to advance into top-half guard, Woodley brought a swift end to the evening setting up a perfectly applied D’Arce choke to secure the tap. With this, Woodley not only successfully defended his belt for the fourth time, he also earned his jiu-jitsu black belt live on pay-per-view from his coach Din Thomas (a Ricardo Liborio black belt). Well done Tyron! Congratulations on your defense and earning your black belt.

When the UFC’s Megan Olivi caught Woodley backstage after the fight, Woodley expressed the importance and sense of accomplishment to him of finally earning his black belt (he’s been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 2005).

Here are the results from the other matches from UFC 228:


Main Card

Tyron Woodley def. Darren Till by submission (D’Arce choke), 4:19, Rd. 2 (retains UFC welterweight championship and earns his BJJ black belt)

Jessica Andrade def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz by KO, 1:58, Rd. 1

Zabit Magomedsharipov def. Brandon Davis by submission (kneebar)

Jimmie Rivera def. John Dodson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Abdul Razak Alhassan def. Niko Price by KO, 0:43, Rd. 1


Preliminary Card

Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza by TKO, 4:33, Rd. 3

Aljamain Sterling def. Cody Stamann by submission (kneebar), 3:42, Rd. 2

Geoff Neal def. Frank Camacho by KO, 1:23, Rd. 2

Darren Stewart def. Charles Byrd by TKO, 2:17, Rd. 2

Diego Sanchez def. Craig White by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jim Miller def. Alex White by submission (rear-naked choke), 1:29, Rd. 1

Irene Aldana def. Lucie Pudilova by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jarred Brooks def. Roberto Sanchez by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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