Dana White Confirms Tyron Woodley vs. Wonderboy Thompson 2

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During the madness of UFC 205 in New York last night, fans were treated to a thrilling welterweight title clash. Filling the co-main event slot of the evening, Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson battled in a ‘fight of the night’ winning war. Their five round classic was fraught with excitement, particularly in round four. Dropping Thompson twice with huge punches that would’ve KO’d anyone else, ‘The Chosen One’ found out just how durable ‘Wonderboy’ is. Thompson managed to resist a seemingly tight choke and fought back to arguably win round five.

The contest was close, and many had the bout scored perfectly even after the final stanza. Although Thompson had clearly won three rounds to two, Woodley had scored two knockdowns in round four. Although Bruce Buffer pulled a Steve Harvey and announced the fight a split decision for ‘T-Wood,’ it was in fact a majority draw. Keeping his belt in any instance, Woodley moves on with his title intact.

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What’s Next?

Moving forward, there’s a clear argument for these men mixing it up again. Both displayed the ability to beat the other at UFC 205. ‘Wonderboy’ had that crisp and accurate striking, while ‘The Chosen One’ showed flashes of his raw knockout power and explosiveness. Thankfully UFC president Dana White sees it the same way, and tells FOX Sports that a rematch between the two will be next:

“You rematch it. It was a draw,” White said at the UFC 205 post-fight press conference. “The fight was ridiculous. It was the ‘Fight of the Night.’ Do it again. That one makes sense. I think it makes sense,”

Move over Demian Maia.

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Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger for USA TODAY Sports

Woodley vs. Wonderboy 2

With the promotion putting a lot of eggs in one basket at UFC 205, things have actually turned out pretty promising. We already have the exciting prospect of Woodley vs. Thompson 2, Conor McGregor now holds two belts, Yoel Romero became the clear number one contender at middleweight, and Khabib Nurmagomedov could leapfrog Tony Ferguson after his dominant win.

Bring on 2017!