Darren Till Believes Tyron Woodley was ‘Not The Same’ Against Kamaru Usman

Kamaru
Usman
provided an upset earlier this month when he dethroned
the former champion Tyron
Woodley
in their welterweight scrap at UFC 235.

The most surprising takeaway of the fight was the manner that Usman
dominated his opponent over five rounds with relentless pressure
eventually grinding out a one-sided unanimous decision victory.
Woodley has claimed he was not himself during the fight and has
struggled to come to terms with why he performed the way he
did.

This weekend in London, another pair of potential 170-pound
contenders clash when Darren Till
faces off against Jorge
Masvidal
in the main event of UFC Fight Night 147, also known
as UFC on ESPN+ 5.

Till’s last fight was against Woodley back in September at UFC 228
for the 170-pound title in a fight where Till failed to land a
single significant shot on the champion before being submitted in
the second round. Woodley was at his best in that fight and Till
believes the man he faced back in September was different than the
man that lost the title to Usman earlier this month.

“To me, and this is no disrespect to Usman in no way: I actually
sent Usman a message after the fight congratulating him and saying
I can’t wait to fight,” Till told MMA Junkie on
Wednesday. “I know Usman was chasing me a while back, but now it’s
obviously me chasing him. But it just didn’t seem to me like the
Woodley team turned up to fight like they did (against) me.”

“The Gorilla” believes that Woodley was driven by fear in their
fight which forced the champion to come prepared and put on a world
class performance. The 26-year-old then pointed out that the same
thing couldn’t be said for the fight earlier this month claiming
Woodley was too much in his comfort zone and his performance showed
that:

“I know when he was fighting me, he was scared,” Till said. “When
you’re fighting a guy like me, you have to be scared. You know what
I bring to the table. And he said that openly. I could feel fear,
but that fear drove him on. He was so powerful and quick and
aggressive.

“As much as Usman looked so, so good in there like a top-level
fighter, Woodley just didn’t seem like the same Woodley as we’ve
seen previously. And he’ll still go down as one of the best ever.
He just didn’t seem like the guy we knew. And that’s not to take
anything away from Usman. He perfected that strategy. But it was a
weird fight.”



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