Tyron Woodley to defend title against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205

UFC 205 has its first title fight lined up.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley announced on the UFN 94 weigh in pre-show that he will be putting his title on the line against #2 ranked Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 in NYC. The bout order for the card has not yet been confirmed so it is unknown whether or not the fight will serve as the main event.

Woodley (16-3) is coming off of a two-minute knockout victory over now former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler to win the belt at UFC 201. He earned his shot at the title by going 4-1 in five bouts which includes finishes over Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, and Dong Hyun Kim. After being crowned champ, he expressed his interest in a “money fight” against either Georges St. Pierre or Nick Diaz which sparked controversy among fans who believed that Thompson was the most deserving of a title shot.

The #2 ranked Thompson (13-1) is riding a seven-fight win streak which includes finishes over some of the welterweight division’s most prominent contenders. His most recent win is a unanimous decision over Rory MacDonald in the main event of UFC Fight Night 89. He entered that fight coming off of back-to-back first-round knockout wins over Jake Ellenberger and former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. The single loss on his record is a decision to Matt Brown back in 2012.

UFC 205 is set to take place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Notable bouts on the card include Chris Weidman vs Yoel Romero and Frankie Edgar vs Jeremy Stephens.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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