MMA: UFC 209


UFC 209



UFC 209 and the much anticipated rematch of the Welterweight Champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley v the number 1 contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

The Main event
Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley v Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

These two fighter met in November last year at UFC 205 (Alverez v McGregor) and for me this fight out shone the fact that McGregor had became the double champion. Woodley v Thompson part 1 ended in a majority draw after 5 rounds, both fighters had given their all and both had opportunities to win the fight but in the end I think a draw was a fair result. The fight has since been described as one of the best fights of the whole of 2016.

The tale of the tape:

Woodley Thompson
Age 34 34
Height 5’9 6’0
Reach 74 75
Record 16-3-1 13-1-1

Key Facts on both fighters:

  • Woodley has the most 1st round KO’s since 2013.
  • Thompson has the 4th most knock downs in welterweight history.
  • Woodley has the 2nd highest take down defence in UFC history (95.2%).
  • Thompson has the 2nd most Welterweight KO’s since 2012.
  • Woodley has the highest striking defence among active Welterweights.
  • Thompson has the 5th highest take down defence among active Welterweights.

So what that all says is we are going to have a stand up fight with 2 of the best in the business right now and if it is anything like the last time they met it is going to be explosive.

Last time they met, significant moments.

As expected Thompson dominated the centre of the octagon and looked to dominate but about 2 minutes in Woodley countered and managed to take Thompson to the ground and whilst in guard Woodley caught him with a sharp elbow on the bridge of the nose which opened up a beauty of a cut.

Both fighters hit each other with some huge blows throughout the fight.

The 3rd round was a huge round for the Champ, he dropped Wonderboy 3 times and managed to sink in a guillotine that only Thompson knows how he did not tap from it.

The fight then went back to the feet and both fighters continued to hit each other with a barrage of punches and kicks.

For me I thought Woodley was unfortunate not to win the first fight but Thompson made me fall in love with him as a fighter his never say die attitude was unbelievable. I am so happy we get to watch them go at it again.

How the bookies see it:

The challenger comes into this one as the slight favourite and is best priced with Stan James @4/5 and Woodley can be backed @ 13/10 with Marathon bet.
Also on the card:

Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov v Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson

With Conner McGreger taking some time away from the Octagon to welcome his first child to the world the UFC have included a Lightweight Interim title fight between the number 2 and number 3 ranked lightweights in Nurmagomedov and Ferguson.

Khabib has spent the best part of the last 12 months calling out Connor McGregor and the pair have clashed behind the scenes so this is the perfect opportunity for him to get his wish, however Tony Ferguson will be no walk over.

Tale of the Tape:

Nurmagomedov Ferguson
Age 28 33
Height 5’8 5’9
Reach 70 76
Record 24-0-0 23-3-0

This fight is exciting enough to headline any main event and I expect a fantastic fight here.

The bookies fancy the Russian and you can back him @8/15 with a few of the firms you can back Ferguson @9/5 best priced with Ladbrokes.

Despite his dominance since joining the UFC and his unbeaten record I think Khabib may struggle against Ferguson’s reach and experience so I will take a small bet on the American here.

Rashad “Suga” Evans v Daniel Kelly

Rashad Evans has had some of the greatest fights in UFC history and is considered one of the best of all time. He has been in the ring with some of the biggest names in the business. He has beaten names such as Stephan Bonnar, Michael Bisping (current middleweight champion), Chuck Liddell, Forest Griffin, Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz to name just a few. He is a legend of the sport but has suffered some losses of late and Daniel Kelly could be fighting him at the perfect time.

Tale of the tape:

Evans Kelly
Age 37 39
Height 6’0 6’0
Reach 75 70
Record 24-5-1 12-1

No bookies have this priced up yet but I would be backing the legend Evans.

Also on the card:

Lando “Groovy” Vannata v David Teymur

Alistair “The Reem” Overeem v Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt


Marcin “Tybur” Tybura v Luis “KLB” Henrique

Mirsad Bektic v Darren “The Damage” Elkins

Iuri “Marajo” Alcantara v Luke “Cool Hand” Sanders

Mark “The Hand Of” Godbeer v Daniel Spitz