UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley put his title on the line for the first time against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the co-main event of UFC 205. He retained his title with a majority draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47).
The bout began with Thompson taking the center of the cage as Woodley circled from the outside. In the first half of the round, the two were patient and felt each other out. Thompson initiated the striking with a kick which was caught and countered by Woodley, who brought the fight to the mat and proceeded to land heavy ground and pound. By the end of the round, Woodley had opened up a cut on the nose of “Wonderboy” with a short elbow from guard.
In the second round, the champion initiated a clinch against the cage in an unsuccessful attempt to take Thompson down. After breaking away, the striking exchanges began, Thompson landing first with a spinning back kick to the mid-section of Woodley. By the end of the round, Woodley had visibly slowed down and Thompson began to establish his rhythm.
The third round saw Thompson start to throw with more volume as Woodley had his back on the fence. Later in the round, the champion responded by landing quick boxing combinations in addition to a hard leg kick that nearly dropped Thompson.
The fourth round was a continuation of the third up until Woodley landed a heavy overhand right which he followed up with a barrage of punches that nearly stopped the fight. He then caught a hold of Thompson’s neck and pulled guard in attempt to submit the challenger with a guillotine but was unsuccessful. Despite coming as close as possible to being finished, Thompson remained in the fight and ended the round with ground and pound from Woodley’s guard.
By the last round, Woodley seemed to be the more tired of the two as “Wonderboy” picked his shots from a distance. Woodley exploded a few times in the round but didn’t land anything flush.
When the scorecards were announced, Bruce Buffer had mistakenly announced the result a split-decision win for Woodley but it was corrected about a minute later to a majority-draw. The champion seemed to be in a disappointed mood following the bout, saying he wished a scored a finished and thought that his guillotine attempt was a big mistake. Thompson, on the other hand, was riled up and expressed interest in a rematch.