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Tyron Woodley tired of discussing Darren Till's weight cut: 'I'm the one that's the professional'

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DALLAS – Tyron Woodley has heard enough about Darren Till’s weight cut.

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) is set to defend his welterweight title against Till (17-0-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) on Saturday in the UFC 228 main event – assuming Till makes weight, of course.

Till, 25, was given this opportunity despite missing the welterweight non-title fight limit by 3.5 pounds for his May headliner against Stephen Thompson, which Till won by unanimous decision. A scary video after the fight revealed Till’s struggle to make weight. He’s already said he plans to move up to middleweight in the near future.

In order to fight for the title, the unbeaten Till will need to make 170 at Friday’s weigh-ins. He’s complained about the weight-cutting process for weeks.

The topic was front and center during UFC 228 open workouts on Wednesday, but at this point, Woodley is simply tired of hearing about it.

“I don’t really care,” Woodley said. “I can’t make him make weight. I can’t make him miss weight.”

He continued, “I can’t control this man’s weight. I’m tired of answering questions for his weight. He’s the one that missed weight. He should answer questions about his own weight. People should want to know what I’m doing, how I’m ready, what I’m going to do different, what you guys expect to see from me (Saturday), why do I think I’m better than this young buck. That’s what I want to focus on. Because, at the end of the day, I’m the one that’s the professional. When have you seen the scale tip over 170 on my scale?”

Woodley, 36, who will compete for the first time in more than a year, seemed perturbed by more than just Till’s weight cut. There’s a respect factor at play here.

The way Woodley sees it, he tends to find himself in this position in which a young, up-and-coming fighter being pushed by the UFC is placed in front of him and expected to take his spot.

“The narrative consistently stays the same,” Woodley said. “And I think the way you change the narrative is you go out there, and you kick ass, and you take names, and you walk away.”

To hear more from Till, watch his full open workout scrum in the video above.

And for more on UFC 228, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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