2.) Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson:
The UFC finally booked the fight that made the most sense at 170 pounds when champ Woodley announced it at the UFC Fight Night 94 weigh-ins late last week after a minor outrage broke out when “The Chosen One” chose to forego an obvious bout with “Wonderboy” by calling out either Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz moments after he finished Robbie Lawler to win the belt at UFC 201.
In terms of comparing this anticipated fight to any on UFC 200, it’s potentially the second title fight on the card, and should be received better than either Aldo vs. Edgar II or Gastelum vs. Hendricks, if it needs a welterweight parallel. Thompson is the arguably the welterweight with the most momentum right now, the owner of seven straight wins over top competition and a style that most believe will give the heavy-hitting Woodley fits if he can make it out of the early moments of the bout.
Each fight is its own animal, but Rory MacDonald thoroughly dissected Woodley and derailed his hype train with a mix of effective takedown defense and technical striking at 2014’s UFC 174, and Thompson just destroyed MacDonald with his own flawless mix of just that in June. “Wonderboy” is the early betting favorite, and most are picking him to walk out of Madison Square Garden with the gold.
Woodley seems to get little respect even though he’s the champ, going into his last six fights, of which he’s only lost one, as the underdog. This fight may just be closer than most believe, but either way, it will almost certainly deliver more than the secondary title fight at UFC 200 or the only high-profile welterweight bout on the card. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!