Woodley pounced on him and went for the finish, and referee John McCarthy was watching carefully, prepared to stop it. Before he was a rising prospect, Woodley was "a bag of bones" for some of the more established talent at American Top Team and he's maintained his allegiance to the South Florida-based fight team every since.
Main eventer and reigning welterweight champion Woodley (16-3-1) retained his belt in NY late last year after two judges couldn't choose a victor in his first bout with Thompson (13-1-1), the 34-year-old karate teacher from SC.
Woodley successfully defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title against Stephen Thompson. Woodley drops Thompson with a huge combinations and he pounces on him with a ton of strikes until the bell sounds.
As it turned out, it was a scrape-job, a pair of 48-47 scores to go with one 47-47 draw.
The victor of the bout was likely to be among the top contenders for the next big-money fight with Conor McGregor, who won the regular UFC lightweight title last November with a victory over Eddie Alvarez. With 90 seconds left, Thompson continued to stalk Woodley around the Octagon, throwing a glancing left high kick in the process.
This may or may not be the answer, but something has to be done before more fights are cancelled last minute.
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"I thought I was going to finish him, but in the end I got the victory", said Woodley (17-3-1). However, in the fourth, Thompson returned to his range game, outpointing Woodley on the feet. Stylistically, these two men represented two completely different sides of the mixed martial arts spectrum and despite the stalemate on the night, either man could emerge from tonight's rematch with a decisive win if the correct adjustments are made. I wish I would've did (sic) that in a few other rounds. "I'll fight anybody." I have respect for all of the women in the division and I'm willing to fight whoever I need to to get to where I need to be". In the co-main event, former light heavyweight champion Rahsad Evans moves down to middleweight to fight Daniel Kelly. Mark Godbeer of England earned a unanimous decision against Daniel Spitz of the United States (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
As usual, you can only watch UFC 209 with a pay-per-view. It's a fight that's drawn a fair amount of interest, but now must carry the fight card. As well, Alistair Overeem of Holland earned a knockout win with knee over Mark Hunt of Australia at 1 minute 44 seconds of Round 3.
Cynthia Calvillo defeated Amanda Cooper via submission.
Hunt's first outing since that loss saw him lock horns with risky KO artist, Mark Hunt.
UFC will return to pay-per-view action on 8 April in Buffalo, New York, with a light heavyweight title bout featuring defending champion Daniel Cormier and the unsafe Anthony Johnson.