UFC 209: Tyron Woodley outpoints Stephen Thompson to retain title

Tricia Pearson
March 5, 2017

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson engaged in an memorable showdown at UFC 205. We were gonna do more takedowns, but I think a lot of guys especially in the sport of the Karate world tell me that the front leg is usually the fast leg. I knew that he'd be looking for the takedown.

Overall, the quality of the match threw a notable shadow in the reputation of the two fighters, as both Woodley and Thompson pretty much showed that there was very little that fans could appreciate from their performance in the ring.

He will have learned more in those 25 minutes than in any other fight he has had before.

We hope you enjoyed all of the drama, damage and pendulous momentum shifts of their first fight because Woodley vs. Thompson II was a bit of a damp squib.

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UFC president Dana White agreed with Thompson, saying he scored the fight in favor of the challenger. The tense struggle between the two fighters lasted only for a brief moment, however, as Woodley and Thompson remained on the ground for minutes.

After the history setting UFC 208 where Germaine de Randamie became the first women's featherweight champion, we now turn our attention to UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2. "To fight the best - he's the champion - I had to play it smart".

The two fought to a majority draw on November 12 in NY at UFC 205 in a bout filled with back-and-forth action. Thompson, wary of Woodley's right hand and explosive takedowns, sporadically engaged. Elkins, an 8-to-1 underdog, turned the tables on the previously undefeated Bektic with a flurry of strikes highlighted by a head kick to score the knockout at 3:19 of the third round.

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Tonight's bout will be for the UFC Welterweight Championship, as Woodley (16-3-1) defends his title against Thompson (13-1-1).

The lightweights made the most of their slot beneath the main event, slugging it out in style for three rounds leading to unanimous decision for the underdog Teymur. As UFC title fights go, it will not go down in the vault of greatness.

The first fight on the main card will be in the men's heavyweight division between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.

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David Teymur, 27, will go up against Lando Vannata, 24, in the other co-main event after Khabib Nurmagomedov, 28, was hospitalized during a weight cut, according to MMAJunkie. In 2008, Overeem submitted Hunt with an armlock.

Former Strikeforce heavyweight king Overeem fought for the belt last September, losing to champion Stipe Miocic via first-round KO.

Also for Saturday, veteran middleweight Rashad Evans is perched as a -225 favourite on the UFC 209 odds in his scheduled bout with Daniel Kelly, who trails at +175.

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