UFC 209 brings the company back home to Las Vegas, and we get a title rematch. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson fought to a majority draw in November, and a rematch was always in the cards. The two will do it again at UFC 209, with lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson serving as the co-main event.
Event DetailsEvent: UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson
Date: Saturday, March 4th, 2017; 10:00 PM ET (Main Card)
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV: PPV (Main Card); UFC Fight Pass/TBA (Prelims)
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Main CardTyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – Welterweight Championship Bout
Woodley (16-3-1) got one round from a judge, while the other two called the fight a draw. Thompson (13-1-1) showed that he could withstand Woodley’s power and return the favor, which means a rematch had to happen. Woodley will have to stay off the fence more than he did in the first fight, while Thompson has to do better at avoiding takedowns. Expect the first fight to go the same as the first, but the edge goes to Woodley and his wrestling. He’ll be favored in this bout and he feels like he’s got a lot to prove, but he’s worth the juice in this spot. He should prevail.
Pick: WoodleyKhabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – Lightweight
Nurmagomedov (24-0) trounced Michael Johnson in November, winning by submission, and Ferguson (22-3) defeated former champion Rafael dos Anjos in November by unanimous decision. The two have been going back and forth in the media for a while now, and it will be interesting to see how Ferguson deals with this. He is a wrestler, but he wants no part of going to the mat with Nurmagomedov, who mauls opponent. He can also strike, and he will get Ferguson to the mat eventually, and it will be all over from there.
Pick: NurmagomedovAlistair Overeem vs. Mark Hunt – Heavyweight
Overeem (41-15, 1 NC) lost his chance to add the UFC title to a resume that includes belts from K-1, Strikeforce and DREAM as he was knocked out by champion Stipe Miocic in September. Hunt (12-10-1, 1 NC) lost to Brock Lesnar in July, but it was ruled a no-contest after Lesnar failed a drug test. Hunt has railed against Lesnar in the media, and he gets a fight with another man who failed a drug test as Overeem did in 2009. These two fought in DREAM in 2008 as Overeem won via submission, but expect both of these former K-1 kickboxers to stand this time.
Pick: OvereemRashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly – Middleweight
Evans (19-5-1) finally makes his middleweight debut as the former light-heavyweight champion steps down in weight, and he has been off since a first-round KO loss to Glover Teixeira last April. Kelly (12-1) outpointed Chris Camozzi in November and is quietly moving up the ladder. Kelly went to four Olympic Games for judo, but he has settled in nicely to MMA. However, Evans has a wealth of experience and the wrestling chops to grind out a win in his 185-pound debut.