Despite numerous attempts to line up a different opponent for his next welterweight title defense, Tyron Woodley has finally put pen to paper on a rematch with Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 in Las Vegas on March 4th.
The two fighters first clashed at UFC 205 in November, with Woodley just doing enough to hold onto his belt via a majority draw decision that left many observers feeling that an immediate rematch was going to come next.
Woodley had other plans, however, and began calling out numerous other high-profile fighters in the hopes of landing a more lucrative title bout, leading to months of speculation about who he may face next.
It appears that was all for nothing though and ‘T-Wood’ confirmed that he was now on-board for the rematch during his own podcast yesterday.
““You need to be careful what you ask for,” Woodley said. “‘Wonderboy,’ you want it? Come get it.”
The 34 year-old won the 170lb title back in July after a stunning first round knockout victory over Robbie Lawler, taking his overall UFC record to 6-2-1.
Meanwhile, the ‘majority draw’ decision means that Thompson’s unbeaten streak has now extended to eight fights and includes big wins over the likes of Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger.
It’s likely that Woodley Vs Thompson II will headlined UFC 209, which will also feature a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.