UFC 209: Don’t Be Let Down

Tyron Woodley kept the belt, Khabib Nurmagomedov got sick, and fans are still hungry.

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UFC 209’s main event may not have been as exciting as the casual fan may have wanted. The main card was as good as it could have been despite Khabib Nurmagomedov’s late withdrawl. The fight between Tyrone Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson was 25 minutes that, although uneventful, kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was left pleased with the events from UFC 209.

Lando Vannata and David Teymur took the place of Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson for the co-main event. Despite the two fighters being lesser known, they put on a great show. Teymur won by a unanimous judge’s decision along with the fight taking Performance of the Night.

Joe Rogan describes Martial Arts as “high level problem solving with dyer physical consequences,” and I can’t think of a better way to explain the main event at 209. Both Wonderboy and Woodley knew that if they came into the fight looking to swing away, either one could have been caught and knocked out. This explains the cautious strategy both men put into action, and the dullness that many people took from the fight. Personally, I was waiting for either one of the fighters to make a move and finish the fight at any moment.

Former fighter, Brendan Schaub put it best on twitter, after the fight. Both fighters are at such a high level that after two five round fights, the results are still disputed. Despite Wonderboy putting on an impressive performance, Woodley is still holding the belt and took home the win bonus and the spotlight.

The fight spent most of the time standing up, but in the third round Woodley landed a successful double-leg takedown. Woodley held onto top control for a good portion of the round and landed several strikes on Wonderboy giving him the edge in round three. The two played it cool until the fifth round where Woodley had Wonderboy stunned and covering up on the ground. The fight was close to being over at this point, but Wonderboy survived the flurry and the rest of the round leaving the scoring up to the judges. In a majority decision by the judges (48-47, 47-47, 48-47), Woodley retained the belt and the glory for the time being.

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