UFC 209: Tyron Woodley Outlines Why he Called For Other Bouts, Instead of Rematch With Stephen Thompson
By FCF Staff
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson are booked for a rematch at UFC 209, March 4th, but the bout wasn’t signed until after the welterweight champ campaigned for other fights.
Following Woodley’s majority draw with Thompson in November, “The Chosen One” called for bouts with the likes of Nate Diaz, Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping. Then, just recently, Woodley agreed to face Thompson at UFC 209.
Woodley appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight“, and while discussing why he didn’t campaign for a rematch with Thompson first, the champ stated (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“That was the fight in the pocket. It was going to happen regardless if it was immediate or later. For the fans, the media, everyone wants to see a clear cut decision between us. But there are so many tough guys in the division, plus the super fights open it up, there were so many opportunities to fight some good fights.”
Woodley also relayed that he believes he won rounds two, three and five of his UFC 205 bout with Thompson. UFC 209 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.