Watch Tyron Woodley Vs. Stephen Thompson UFC 205 Classic Again

Thompson, coming in as the No. 1 contender, is entering Saturday's fight in Las Vegas as the favorite to win at -140, according to OddsShark.

In the co-main event of the evening, undefeated Russian phenom Khabib Nurmagomedov will lock horns with Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title. Except that this is MMA, so nothing will truly change. "Wonderboy is the best striker I've seen in my life".

While the fight might've been a draw, if there's a clear advantage for either fighter during that first fight, it's that Tyron Woodley is a superior wrestler, as he showed in the first round when he dominated Stephen Thompson. Their first fight won Fight of the Night honors at UFC 205, but rematches of fantastic fights between unproven draws doesn't mean increased interest. It was one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory and promised to be one of the highest-level MMA duels we've seen in years. Edgar vs. Gray Maynard 2 did 270,000 buys. Something clearly went wrong with Khabib's weight cut, but what?

Below is the full UFC 209 fight card as well as viewing information and everything you need to know to watch the event on Saturday. That said, should Stephen Thompson be able to let his hands go as he promised, then he could find Woodley reaching, possibly setting him up for those devastating kicks.

White suggested that Khabib's team acted of their own accord without consulting the UFC, and if they had done so there would have been a better chance of saving the fight.

A bit of a mix-up happened just as the victor was being proclaimed as ring announcer Bruce Buffer initially proclaimed Mr. Woodley as victor by split decision only to correct himself moments later and made it a win by majority draw. He's knocks dudes out, you saw what he did to Robbie Lawler and he smoked me in the head in the fourth round. The champion, Woodley, is the underdog at +120.

There's no beating around the bush discussing UFC 209. Wait for that title fight. And I get it, Evans, who has two straight losses, doesn't exactly deserve a "big name" foe, but pitting him against someone more well-known would've been nice. He took the, "I want to be champion and make money attitude" that every fighter should have.

Nurmagomedov told reporters Thursday at UFC media day that he expected the weight cut to be hard, but achievable. Now, the two will fight for the opportunity to face Conor McGregor. Before facing Woodley, he had not been taken down since his 2012 fight against Matt Brown, who took him down five times.

It's possible that the UFC forces Khabib to move up to 170.

Ferguson weighed in just under the 155-pound lightweight limit earlier Friday morning at 154.5 pounds. Weight cutting can be a unsafe practice, but it's made tougher with the banning of IV rehydration and early weigh-ins.

For Woodley and Thompson the prospect of a brighter and more lucrative future is right in front of them.

While doping has always been considered the sport's most serious problem, pushing bodies to the breaking point in weight cuts again appears to be a subject ripe for renewed review.

A search for an effective system to establish standards based on a fighter's so-called "walking-around weight" that could be used to prohibit excessive weight drops remains an elusive pursuit. The UFC created an interim lightweight title less than six months after McGregor won the undisputed lightweight title because they're anxious that McGregor isn't going to return until the summer.

As a result the pair squares off for the second time.

After turning down a rematch with Michael Johnson in a short-notice fight, Ferguson explained to Megan Olivi what went through his mind, before addressing the crowd during the weigh-ins. As smart as it would be for Ferguson to sit out, he may not have a choice. They didn't want to offer me a title shot.

The interim lightweight championship was set to be defended with the victor expected to go on to face Conor McGregor for the full version of the belt, but this marks the third time The Eagle and El Cucuy have attempted and failed to meet inside of the Octagon.

Woodley has the highest striking defense rate among active welterweights and was even better than his 68.8 percent clip against Thompson, who landed just 26 percent of his significant strikes in the fight.

  • Julie Sanders