Kamaru Usman Tapped As Replacement If Tyron Woodley Is Forced To Withdraw From UFC 228 Title Defense

Kamaru
Usman
has been tapped as
Ultimate Fighting Championship
welterweight champion Tyron
Woodley
’s replacement in case the champ is forced to pull out
of his UFC 228 title fight against Darren
Till
.

With so many last-minute issues affecting UFC main events recently,
the promotion has elected to have a backup plan in the event of an
unpredictable injury,
ESPN reported Thursday
. Usman (13-1) is coming off of the
biggest win of his MMA career, defeating Demian Maia
in May. “The Nigerian Nightmare” is on a 12-fight winning streak
and remains undefeated in the UFC.

The UFC most recently dealt with a high-profile main event loss
when Tony
Ferguson
and then initial replacement Max
Holloway
both were forced out of a UFC 223 lightweight title
fight against Khabib
Nurmagomedov
. Al Iaquinta,
who was supposed to fight on the undercard, ultimately stepped up
to fight Nurmagomedov, though Iaquinta was ineligible to win the
title due to having weighed in at higher than the strict
championship limit. The chaos caused quite the headache for the
UFC.

If all goes as planned, Woodley is set to defend his welterweight
title against Till at UFC 228 on Sept. 8 in Dallas.



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