Woodley vs Wonderboy 2 set for UFC 209

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson are set to square off for the second time at UFC 209.

Woodley announced the news on Monday’s episode of his podcast The Morning Wood Show. MMAJunkie also confirmed the matchup with UFC president Dana White.

The two first fought at UFC 205 last November where Woodley retained his welterweight title in a majority draw. The back-and-forth fight was a close one with one of the three judges scoring it in favor of the champion. Following the bout, Dana White called for a rematch which both fighters were in favor of.

Woodley (16-3-1) won the title with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 last July. He earned his shot at the title by going 4-1 in previous five bouts with wins over the likes of Kelvin Gastelum and Carlos Condit.

Thompson (13-1-1) entered the bout with Woodley as the favorite, riding a seven-fight win streak. The highlights of his win streak include a first-round spinning hook kick knockout of Jake Ellenberger as well as a first-round TKO of former champion Johny Hendricks, both of which earned Performance of the Night bonuses.

UFC 209 takes place on March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. So far, no headlining bout has been officially announced but Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt are expected to square off on the card.

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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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