UFC 209

UFC 209: Woodley uses fifth round flurry to outpoint Thompson

Thompson comes up just short again

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley used a late fifth round knockdown of challenger Stephen Thompson to capture a narrow majority decision win at UFC 209 in Las Vegas.

The fight was much like their first encounter at UFC 205. Thompson used his length and kicks to pressure Woodley against the cage, but did not mount a lot of offence. Woodley’s inactivity early on gave the early two rounds by default to Thompson. In Round 3, Woodley used a takedown to mount some offence, but lagged again in Round 4, setting up the need to push the action in Round 5.

With less a than a minute left, Woodley landed a right hand that knocked Thompson down. Follow up strikes almost finished Thompson, but with referee John McCarthy watching closely, Thompson weathered the storm.

The judges scored it 48-47, 47-47 and 48-47. Woodley will now likely fight the winner of the Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal matchup currently slated for UFC 211 in Dallas.

David Teymur and Lands Vannata captured Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Luri Alcantara and Darren Elkins won performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

ALBERT MORALES VS ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH 

WINNER: ALBERT MORALES VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALBERT MORALES VIS UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Good opening fight. Each took a round, and then the ground control of Morales overshadowed the crisp striking of Soukhamthath late in the third round. Good performances by both fighters.

AMANDA BOBBY COOPER  VS CYNTHIA CALVILLO 

WINNER: CYNTHIA CALVILLO VIA SUBMISSION

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA BOBBY COOPER VIS UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Beautiful rear-naked choke by Calvillo, taking Cooper to the ground with beautiful takedown transitions. Cavillo is for real.

TYSON PEDRO VS PAUL CRAIG 

 

WINNER: TYSON PEDRO VIA TKO R1 4:10

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TYSON PEDRO VIA TKO

Andrews: Pedro outsmarted Craig as I predicted, getting the clinch, and finishing the fight on the ground. Excellent win for Pedro.

RDS 2 PRELIMS 

MARK GODBEER VS DANIEL SPITZ 

WINNER: MARK GOODBEER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27,30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIEL SPITZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Spitz gassed out early and Goodbeer took advantage with strikes. That’s about it in this lacklustre fight.

#15 LURI ALCANTARA VS LUKE SANDERS 

WINNER: LURI ALANTARA VIA SUBMISSION R2 3:13

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LURI ALCANTARA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Alcantara was getting beat up and was closed to having the fight stopped when he reversed and landed a nifty kneebar submission. Great come-from-behind win by Alcantara!

#13 MIRSAD BEKTIC VS #14 DARREN ELKINS 

WINNER: DARREN ELKINS VIA TKO R3 3:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIRSAD BEKTIC VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Bektic was cruising to victory until Elkins landed a headkick and an improbable come-from-behind win. Bektic will learn from his hard lesson.

MARCIN TYBURA (14-2-0) VS LUIS HENRIQUE (10-2-0, 1NC)

WINNER: MARCIN TYBURA VIA TKO R3 3:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCIN TYBURA VIA TKO

Andrews: Excellent technical win for Tybura. He let Henrique tire himself out with his takedowns and clinches and then got the fight to the ground and pounded him out.

MAIN CARD 

#3 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS #8 MARK HUNT 

WINNER: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO R3 1:44

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARK HUNT VIA TKO

Andrews: Overeem used a very calculated plan of clinching Mark Hunt once he got inside. It was very effective, and in the clinch, Overeem used those knees to devastating effect. Excellent win for The Reem.

LANDO VANNATA VS DAVID TEYMUR

WINNER: DAVID TEYMUR VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LANDO VANNATA VIA TKO

Andrews: Good high-level striking. Vannata started out fast, but Teymur out-worked Vannata in the second and third rounds.

RASHAD EVANS VS DANIEL KELLY

WINNER: DANIEL KELLY VIA SPLIT-DECISION (29-28, 28-29 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RASHAD EVANS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Andrews: Evans fought well, but Kelly fought better, surprisingly outstriking Suga with a volume of strikes. I thought Evans won and landed the more damaging strikes, but give Kelly credit for a great performance.

MAIN EVENT 

TYRON WOODLEY VS #1 STEPHEN THOMPSON 

WINNER: TYRON WOODLEY VIA MAJORITY DECISION (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TYRON WOODLEY VIA SPLIT-DECISION

Andrews: Woodley used the last round to come back and steal the win from Wonderboy, who still should have won in many people’s eyes. Pretty much like the first fight.

@kenaiandrews UFC 209: Woodley uses fifth round flurry to outpoint Thompson

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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