UFC president Dana White has expressed interest in an immediate rematch between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and #2 ranked Stephen Thompson.
The pair fought to a majority draw in what was the Fight of the Night last Saturday at UFC 205, with one judge scoring the bout 48-47 in favor of the champion.
The first round was clearly won by Woodley and the second by Thompson while the third was pretty even. In the fourth round, however, Woodley came close to finishing the fight with a TKO followed by a guillotine attempt, which Thompson managed to survive, likely resulting in a 10-8 round for the champion. The fifth round was also close but most agreed it was edged out by Thompson.
“When you look at that fight, I actually had it even going to the fifth round,” said White at the post-fight press conference. “But my opinion doesn’t mean shit, so.”
Some confusion occurred when Bruce Buffer announced the official decision, first calling the bout a split-decision win for Woodley but correcting the announcement moments later to a majority draw.
“I think what happened was they were really trying to make sure those scores were totaled right, and you really don’t want to mess that up. Even when we came back you could tell Tyron thought we were gonna say ‘oops, Wonderboy won’ but it was a draw.”
In his post-fight interview, Thompson was enthusiastic about another bout against Woodley and it seems that White liked the idea.
“A rematch,” White said when asked about what is next for the two fighters, given that #3 ranked Demian Maia is on a six-fight win streak. “I think that it was a draw, the fight was ridiculous, it was the Fight of the Night, do it again.
“Demian Maia is right there, so he’ll get the next shot, if he wants to fight somebody else, whatever, I don’t know,” he continued. “And again, it’s the night of the fights, I hate to make fights the night of the fights, I don’t do it but that one makes sense.”