Tyron Woodley defeats Stephen Thompson at UFC 209
Tyron Woodley retains UFC welterweight title at UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 4, 2017 / Pic: Facebook

Tyron Woodley defeats Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 on Saturday March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

American Tyron Woodley was again a defending welterweight champion at UFC 209. He earned the title last July in Atlanta with a KO victory against Robbie Lawler. The number of contender, Stephen Thompson already had one attempt to steal the belt from his country-fellow. The pair fought last November in New York going into a majority draw.

As a result they squared off for the second time in the headline event of UFC 209 live on Pay-Per View. The five-round championship bout went on distance. Woodley took a majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) consequently retaining the belt.

The main card included four bouts.

David Teymur of Sweden defeated Lando Vannata of the US by a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Also Dan Kelly of Australia took a split decision over Rashad Evans of the US (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). American Cynthia Calvillo won by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3 minutes 19 seconds of the first round in her UFC debut against also American Amanda Cooper. As well, Alistair Overeem of Holland earned a knockout win with knee over Mark Hunt of Australia at 1 minute 44 seconds of Round 3.

Marcin Tybura of Poland defeated Luis Henrique of Brazil by TKO with punches at 3 minutes 46 seconds of Round 3 on the top of preliminary program on FS1. Darren Elkins of the US scored the TKO with head kick over Mirsad Bektic of Bosnia at 3 minutes 19 seconds also of Round 3. Iuri Alcantara of Brazil defeated Luke Sanders of the US via submission (kneebar) at 3 minutes 13 seconds of Round 2. Mark Godbeer of England earned a unanimous decision against Daniel Spitz of the US (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

In the early prelims on the UFC Fight Pass Tyson Pedro of Australia stopped Paul Craig of Scotland with elbows. The bout ended in TKO at 4 minutes 10 seconds of Round 1. In addition, American Albert Morales took a split decision against his country-fellow Andre Soukhamthath (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

A highly anticipated lightweight bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson was cancelled.

According to the UFC report Nurmagomedov “was transported to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Thursday evening due to weight management medical issues. He was treated and has been discharged”. This is the third time when the bout fell off. First two times each fighter pulled out due to suffering an injury.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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