UFC 209 – Woodley vs. Thompson 2
UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on March 4, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on February 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. However, due to a lack of suitable headliners for the original UFC 208 (scheduled for Anaheim, California), that event was postponed to July 29 and an originally scheduled UFC 209 to be held in Brooklyn was renamed as the new UFC 208. Therefore, this event was also renamed from UFC 210 to UFC 209. This was the fourth UFC event held in the venue.
A UFC Welterweight Championship rematch between current champion Tyron Woodley and five-time kickboxing world champion Stephen Thompson headlined this event. The pairing met recently at UFC 205, as Woodley retained his title after the fight ended in a majority draw.
An interim UFC Lightweight Championship bout between undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner Tony Ferguson was expected to take place at the co-main event. The pairing was originally booked for The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Finale and later UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans. However, the bout was cancelled both times due to Nurmagomedov being injured and Ferguson pulling out due to a lung issue, respectively. Once again the bout suffered a cancelation, as Nurmagomedov had medical issues related to his weight cut and the doctors opted to pull him from the event on weigh-in day.
Igor Pokrajac was expected to face Ed Herman at the event. However, Pokrajac pulled out of the fight in early February citing an injury, and was replaced by Gadzhimurad Antigulov. Then, on February 20, Herman revealed that he was injured and also unable to compete at the event. In turn, promotion officials elected to remove Antigulov from the card and he will be rescheduled for a future event.
Todd Duffee was expected to face Mark Godbeer at the event. However, Duffee pulled out of the fight in mid-February for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Daniel Spitz.
A heavyweight bout between Marcin Tybura and Luis Henrique, initially scheduled for UFC 208, was moved to this event. The pairing was initially delayed as Henrique was unable to gain medical clearance by the NYSAC after a recent corrective eye surgery.
|Welterweight||Tyron Woodley (c)||def.||Stephen Thompson||Decision (majority) (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Lightweight||David Teymur||def.||Lando Vannata||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Dan Kelly||def.||Rashad Evans||Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Women’s Strawweight||Cynthia Calvillo||def.||Amanda Cooper||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:19|
|Heavyweight||Alistair Overeem||def.||Mark Hunt||KO (knees)||3||1:44|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Heavyweight||Marcin Tybura||def.||Luis Henrique||TKO (punches)||3||3:46|
|Featherweight||Darren Elkins||def.||Mirsad Bektić||KO (punches and head kick)||3||3:19|
|Bantamweight||Iuri Alcântara||def.||Luke Sanders||Submission (kneebar)||2||3:13||[b]|
|Heavyweight||Mark Godbeer||def.||Daniel Spitz||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Light Heavyweight||Tyson Pedro||def.||Paul Craig||TKO (elbows)||1||4:10|
|Bantamweight||Albert Morales||def.||Andre Soukhamthath||Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||3||5:00|
- For the UFC Welterweight Championship.
- Sanders was deducted one point in round 1 due to an illegal knee to a downed opponent.