Thompson Favored vs. Woodley at UFC 209
- Updated: March 3, 2017
Stephen Thompson will be looking to capitalize on his second shot at the UFC welterweight championship when he enters the octagon for a rematch with reigning champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 209 as a –160 betting favorite.
Thompson survived a brutal beating by the champion in their first meeting to earn a controversial majority draw as -200 chalk at UFC 205, but remains undefeated in eight fights going into Saturday night’s bout in Las Vegas.
Thompson is no stranger to five-round contests after seeing action at the top of the card in each of his past three fights, including a unanimous decision win over Canadian Rory MacDonald in the main event of UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa, and he has also earned Performance of the Night honors on three occasions, each with first-round TKO wins.
Woodley dominated at times in his first clash with Thompson, but enters their rematch trailing on the UFC odds as a +130 underdog.
Woodley bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to MacDonald at UFC 174 as a narrow -105 underdog with an opening-round TKO win over Dong Hyun Kim as -225 chalk at UFC Fight Night 48. Woodley also produced a first-round finish against Robbie Lawler as a +110 underdog to claim the UFC welterweight crown at UFC 201.
Other UFC 209 Fights on Saturday’s Card
In other UFC 209 action on Saturday night, lightweight Lando Vannata looks to follow up on his stunning opening-round win over John Makdessi as -160 chalk at UFC 206 when he takes on fellow lightweight David Teymur as a strong -400 favorite.
The highly-touted 24-year-old American fell short in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 91 with a second-round loss to Tony Ferguson, but has finished seven of his 10 professional MMA fights inside the first round.
Teymur enters the octagon as a +300 underdog, but has not disappointed in his two previous UFC clashes, earning a second-round knockout win over Jason Novelli as a -135 favorite at UFC Fight Night 92 after making a successful UFC debut with a second-round knockout of Martin Svensson as narrow -120 chalk in preliminary action at UFC Fight Night 84.
And Ferguson will have his hands full on Saturday night, when he takes on undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov as a +155 underdog.
El Cucuy has won nine straight, including six inside the distance, while Nurmagomedov is pegged as a -190 favorite to improve his professional MMA record to 25-0.
*Odds as of March 3, 2017