Who will win the rematch?
On the historic night of the UFC debut in Madison Square Garden UFC 205, Fans were treated to a classic in the Co-main event between Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Championship. The fight would go 5 rounds, With both fighters showing grit and determination to walk out of Madison Square Garden as champion. The fight would end in a draw, With fans split on who they thought won the fight. Now Woodley and Thompson will headline UFC 209 in the Main Event, With Both fighters looking to definitively win and be the Welterweight Champion.
Thompson was the favorite going into his first fight with Woodley and it’s not hard to see why. Thompson was on a 7 fight win streak and looked unstoppable, Until UFC 205. Thompson was hurt and was close to being finished in the 4th round, But in that moment showed incredible resilience to finish the fight to a draw. Thompson has the skills to not only become Champion, But to hold on to it for a long time. With Thompson dynamic striking and knowing what Woodley will bring to the fight, Thompson time may finally arrive to be known as the UFC Welterweight Champion.
Woodley is not only looking to retain his Championship, But to gain respect. While promoting UFC 209 on ESPN, Woodley would say “I’m the Champion. I knocked out the baddest Welterweight in the world in record-breaking time. I don’t get the respect I deserve”. UFC.com reported that Woodley was the underdog going into UFC 205 and now is projected to be the underdog for UFC 209. Although Thompson is an incredible fighter, Woodley may have a point of not having the respect he deserves. Woodley was close to knocking out and submitting Thompson, However this fight Woodley will look to leave little doubt on why he deserves to be respected.
This Main Event fight may be able to pull off another classic. Both Woodley and Thompson are going into the fight confident, That they can beat the other. Both have the ability to not only be able to finish the other, But have shown to be able to have the cardio to go 5 rounds. Thompson has the speed, range and the dynamic striking ability to give Woodley problems. However, Woodley has shown to have the punching power to knock Thompson out and in their last fight was able to take Thompson down rather easily. Expect Woodley and Thompson to try to finish the fight decisively and leave no doubt to who is the best in the Welterweight Division.
Writer: Tyriece Simon
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