Tyron Woodley Says Rematch With Stephen Thompson Set For UFC 209
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will put his belt on the line against Stephen Thompson for a second time at UFC 209 in March.
Woodley made the announcement Monday afternoon on his podcast, The Morning Wood Show.
"[Thompson] got under my skin so much that I'm just going to go ahead and fight this dude," said Woodley. "Like straight up. He got under my skin that bad where I don't even care about the ration and the money and what fight makes the most sense. You need to be careful what you ask for. "Wonderboy" you want it, come get it. You want a fight, you want to get done worse than you did the first time?
"He's going to get in the Octagon and he's going to be in for a rude awakening because if he thought that was something the last time. I'm going all the way up."
Champion and challenger previously did battle over Woodley's 170-pound title in the co-main event of UFC 205 in November. After a back-and-forth war, which left both men bloodied and bruised, the judges ruled the bout a majority draw, meaning the champion was allowed to keep his belt.
Almost immediately after, UFC President Dana White made it known the two would have to do battle again to determine a true winner. Now, after weeks of back-and-forth between both camps, the bout is finally official.
Woodley (16-3-1), a two-time NCAA Division I All-American out the University of Missouri, earned his welterweight crow after dethroning former champion Robbie Lawler with a vicious first round knockout at UFC 201.Prior to this win, fans saw Woodley finish Dong Hyun Kim with strikes before earning a split decision over Kelvin Gastelum.
To date, his last defeat came at the hands of former title challenger, and recent Bellator MMA signee, Rory MacDonald. He will enter this contest with 11 career stoppage wins, including six by way of (TKO, and a UFC record of 6-2.Thompson (13-1-1) earned his initial shot at Woodley following the biggest win of his career in the form of a unanimous decision over Rory MacDonald in their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 89, which, at the time, extended his win streak to seven straight.
Prior to this win, Thompson scored a blistering first round TKO over former champion Johny Hendricks in February. This marked the seventh career (T)KO victory, with four coming under the UFC banner, all of which earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.
UFC 209 is set to go down on March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.