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Woodley retains his belt over Thompson

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On March 5, 2017 at 1:48 am EST

Finally, there was a decision between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. At the end of the UFC 209 main event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Woodley retained his welterweight championship.

This was a rematch of the UFC 205 bout from Madison Square Garden in New York City in November 2016. That fight was ruled a draw.

Tyron Woodley (Getty Images)

Tyron Woodley (Getty Images)

The judges Tristen Critchfield and Chris Nelson had Woodley winning 49-48 and 49-48. Mike Sloan scored the fight as 47-47.

The 34-year-old Woodley, who worked with Sage Northcutt in his camp to prepare for this bout, as he did with the November fight, has won four of his past five fights. He is 17-3 overall.

Thompson, who is also 34-years-old, lost for the second-time in his career. He fell to 13-2-1 — and this is his first loss since April 21, 2012 at UFC 145 from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia when he lost to Matt Brown.

Thompson also lost a decision to Brown. He was on a seven-fight win streak before the loss.

Woodley landed 70 of his 154 attempted strikes. Thompson landed only 18 of his 112 attempted strikes.

The champion had a takedown, while Thompson also defended a take down.

Thompson had cage control for 9’59”, according to Fight Analytics. Woodley had cage control for 4’49”.

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