The welterweight division is back on track and the fight for the title at UFC 209 will continue after epic New York encounter between Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. The pulsating five-round classic lead to calls for an immediate rematch in the main event of UFC 209 in Las Vegas on March 4.
Champion Tyron Woodley announced Monday on his podcast, The Morning Wood Show, that he intends to fight Stephen Thompson ending weeks of heated debate over who should be Woodley’s next opponent.
After weeks of back and forth, the pair, who fought out a pulsating majority draw at UFC 205 in November, are set to do it all again.
Woodley retained his belt at the end of the controversial bout in New York, a fight so close that veteran octagon announcer Bruce Buffer actually read out the wrong result.
The thrilling nature of the clash, in which Thompson miraculously survived a fourth-round onslaught from Woodley, had fans in attendance on their feet and calls quickly went out for an immediate rematch.
There were doubts, however, over whether it would materialise as Woodley, believing he won, continued to lobby for fights with other opponents, including a 180-pound catchweight bout that Woodley unsuccessfully chased against UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Tensions came to a head on Sunday when a frustrated Thompson posted a picture on Twitter of a signed bout agreement to fight Woodley. And though Woodley initially brushed off Thompson’s barbs, now that the rematch has been agreed upon by both sides, the reigning UFC champion said he plans to make “Wonderboy” pay for the way in which the whole situation has played out.
“From this point forward, I’m going to commit to taking this dude out in the most embarrassing and worst fashion,” Woodley said. “And with that said, that last fight is in the dust. I ain’t going to cry over spilled milk. I ain’t going to cry over what round, who did what, where, when, where. That fight is in the dust. It’s done, it’s over with.
“This is a new fight, the most important fight of my life, not only to just continue to be the champion and to keep my belt — I can’t allow myself to lose to him and what he stands for and what his fans stand for, and this overly-entitled group of individuals who are in mixed martial arts. I can’t let myself lose to that. So with that said, let’s get to work and let’s get this party on the go.”
UFC 209 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event also features a heavyweight bout pitting Alistair Overeem against Mark Hunt.
Both fighters showed their skills in the first meeting, as Woodley showcased his huge power and suffocating wrestling skills while Wonderboy stalked his opponent once he got the center of the Octagon.
The odds have opened for the rematch with Wonderboy a slight -125 favorite and Woodley coming back at -105. Sign up now at Heritagesports.eu and get the best Welterweight Fight Betting Odds.