UFC 209 Woodley vs. Thompson 2By Kelly Sanders Mar 05, 2017
The crowd implored them several times in the second half of the fight to pick up the pace, chanting "Fight!" ESPN.com scored it 49-48 for Woodley.
Woodley retained the title on a majority decision, earning a pair of 48-47 scores to a 47-47 and improving to 6-1-1 in his past eight fights.
Obviously these two were evenly matched in the first meeting.
As it turned out, the two fighters' statements only proved to be true if the definition of "figuring out" and "finishing" the other involved going around the ring at arm's length and avoiding pretty much all contact. "I've been longing for that setup and he didn't know it". "I was just praying and making sure the belt stayed home". After rushing forward with a quick combo, Thompson leapt back to avoid Woodley's takedown attempt. "Had they done this thing the right way, the fight probably could have been saved", he said.
"I don't know to be honest with you", said Thompson. "I thought I landed more of the strikes, but you can't leave it in the judges' hands". "Live to fight another day".
After the fight, UFC president Dana White felt the fight warranted a rematch and we are going to witness it on Saturday.
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"In the first round, I ended up throwing that lazy kick and didn't get it back like I was supposed to and he ended up catching the kick", he explained during the UFC 209 Media Conference Call. Ferguson had been preparing for months to face one of the most dominant wrestlers in MMA and was suddenly going to be thrust into a fight with a unsafe striker like Johnson? By his reasoning, Thompson had five rounds to wrest the belt from him, and hadn't been able to do so.
In the third round, Woodley came out hunting a takedown and got one in the first minute. With his back to the cage, Woodley remained patient as he deflected Thompson's kicks away.
The fourth round saw little output by either fighter.
"It's easy to sit in your seats and drink beer and popcorn".
The fight is there for the taking for Tyron Woodley and the choices he makes on the night could well play a pivotal role in the fight's outcome. "A lot was at stake".
Referee "Big" John McCarthy was close to jumping in and waving off proceedings after "Wonderboy" collapsed under the torquing power of Woodley but the challenger just about kept in the fight and, like they did on November 12, they nervously waited Bruce Buffer's reading of the scorecards.
The main event limped along as Woodley, a heavy hitter who throughout his successful career has receded into punchless comas, kept a defensive posture against the longer Thompson, a stylish kicker whose southpaw stylings have been effective during his transition from point karate competition to MMA.
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