While Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson put on an amazing show for the fans, confusion surrounded their bout which saw The Chosen One leave New York City with his welterweight title intact.
Thompson was unable to have his way with Woodley, similar to what he did to Johny Hendricks, although he did manage to land a number of significant strikes – even if his face didn’t show it.
On the flip side, Woodley stayed on the back foot for the majority of the fight, despite having a strong first round and a dominant fourth round, which saw him drop Wonderboy, and he could have put him away with a guillotine choke as well.
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That round, in particular, showed just how much power Woodley possesses, and it also proved that Thompson is one of most resilient fighters around.
However, the confusion came with the score cards.
At first, Bruce Buffer had announced Woodley as the winner by split decision after a lengthy wait, before he proceeded to break down the fight with Joe Rogan in the middle of the Octagon.
He was then called back into the centre of the Octagon by Dana White, and seemed hesitant to do so as he thought the scores were totalled wrong, and Thompson would leave as the new champion.
That wasn’t the case, though, as scores of 47-47 on two judge’s scorecards and a score of 48-47 in Woodley’s favour meant it was a majority draw, something the champion wasn’t too happy about as he believed he did enough to leave the victor.
He said: “I don’t know what to think. At the end of the day, it’s a big difference to get the draw than to get the win but I’ll take either over a loss any day.
“I just hate leaving the Octagon in that type of situation. I had some good moments. I could’ve pressed him more but I feel like the only significant damage done in that fight was by me.
“I don’t agree with the draw. I thought I won, but he’s a tough kid, and it was a great fight.”
An immediate rematch is all-but guaranteed with White and Thompson both interested in making it happen, and if it’s anything like the first outing, fans will be in for another treat.
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