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Tyron Woodley returned this past Saturday after being on the sidelines for more than a year, and the welterweight champion didn’t disappoint.
Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) dominated the previously unbeaten Darren Till (17-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in the UFC 228 main event and finished him with a second-round D’Arce choke to retain his 170-pound title.
The win gave Woodley four straight title defenses starting with a majority draw against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 in which he retained his belt. Then he won a majority decision against “Wonderboy” in their UFC 209 rematch. At UFC 214, he outworked Demian Maia for 25 minutes.
Woodley’s stoppage of Till was his first finish since he knocked out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 to win the title, and his first submission win in nearly nine years.
So for our latest Daily Debate question for MMAjunkie Radio listeners and MMAjunkie readers, we wanted to know where you rank Woodley in the pantheon of all-time great welterweights? We know Georges St-Pierre will top most lists. Matt Hughes will be up there, too. But where does Woodley fit in?
The results, via Twitter, overwhelmingly went one way:
The majority of you – 51 percent – think Woodley slots in at No. 2 behind St-Pierre. About one-third of you think he currently sits at No. 3 behind “GSP” and Hughes. On the extremes were far smaller percentages. Seven percent of you think he’s the best welterweight of all time, ahead of St-Pierre and Hughes. And 12 percent think he’s outside of even the top five right now.
To hear MMAjunkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George, “Goze” and Dan Tom weigh in with their predictions, watch the video above.
MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.
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