Woodley vs. Thompson Rematch Headlines UFC 209

Woodley's hesitation - part tactics, part brain freeze - allowed Thompson to walk forward as he wished, yet he offered little in the way of effective offense during the opening two rounds.

Thompson (13-2-1) appeared to be ahead in the final round, right up until Woodley knocked him down.

"We might be old, but we're not done yet", the 36-year-old Overeem said. "Worked my whole life to get here".

"I didn't throw almost the things that I normally do, which is a good thing going into this fight because he hasn't seen everything I've got", said Thompson, 34.

Woodley has verbally sparred with White in recent weeks, with the champ suggesting he has been treated poorly by the UFC - and White responding by labeling Woodley "a bit of a drama queen".

As it turned out, it was a scrape-job, a pair of 48-47 scores to go with one 47-47 draw. His first title defense was a Madison Square Garden showcase against Thompson, who earned his title shot with seven straight wins.

Woodley and Thompson both fought with abandon and got themselves into risky positions in their first bout in NY but survived for only the third draw in a title fight in UFC history.

"It's just tough when you fight somebody for the second time around", he said. I knew it was close.

"It was just really awkward, it was my first rematch".

In his middleweight debut, former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans lost to Daniel Kelly on a split decision. The pay-per-view price was set at $60. Calvillo, a Team Alpha Male product, took full advantage of the opportunity, winning with an impressive first-round submission.

Earlier in the night, British ace Paul Craig suffered his first defeat in the UFC as he was stopped by Australian Tyson Pedro in the first-round.

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The more interesting discussion was spawned by asking if this was the worst title fight in UFC history. Kelly, meanwhile, is on a three-win streak, but he's yet to fight anyone with a large name recognition, and actually, he's also not even a Top 10 fighter. He also earned Performance of the Night honours for a first-round TKO win over Dong Hyun Kim as -225 chalk at UFC Fight Night 48. A Demian Maia win over Jorge Masvidal will nearly certainly result in a Maia title shot.

In the night's other fights, Alistair Overeem defeated Mark Hunt with a third round stoppage in their heavyweight clash. Somehow, Thompson was able to scramble and avoid a kill shot, eventually making it back to his feet seconds before the fight ended dazed and confused. Nurmagomedov was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital after hitting complications with his weight cut, and was eventually forced off the card after a doctor recommended he not go through with the fight.

  • Julie Sanders