UFC 209: Tyron Woodley outpoints Stephen Thompson to retain title

  • Woodley retains UFC welterweight title with majority-decision win
  • Rematch between rivals proved no more conclusive than first fight

Over the past three and a half months Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson fought 10 rounds in the octagon, totaling 50 minutes, yet few people who watched can make strong cases regarding which of the two was better.

What’s clear, however, is that when Woodley, a wrestler from Missouri, and Thompson, a karate stylist from South Carolina, are matched, their skills and counter-prone attitudes result in more of a tight, tactical match than the type of frenetic fighting mixed martial arts fans are accustomed to.

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