UFC 209 played a lot like the season in which it took place, in like a lion and out like a lamb. A main event with so much promise was quite the disappointment, well in comparison to their first fight.
Tyron “The Choosen One” Woodley retained his title against number one contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson by a majority decision. In a fight a lot less controversial than the first, some could argue it could have gone the other way, but to many it’s pretty hard to find fault in the decision.
The bulk of the fight we saw Wonderboy controlling the middle of the octagon, pressing forward and Woodley being patient with few moments of flurries and a couple takedowns. Round one went to Thompson. Pretty much the only activity you had was Wonderboy’s octagon control. Round two we saw much of the same, but more a little more activity from the champ. It was the one round that could have gone either way. Round three was easily for Woodley from the takedowns. But Thompson came back to out-point him in the fourth. It was no surprise that the fight would have been decided in the fifth. And another round that could have gone either way until the final seconds where Woodley let loose a barrage of punches. Big John was being a little lenient as this could have easily been called 15 seconds before the bell.
And that was it. At least 24 minutes of inactivity in the 25 minute fight. Maybe one fight was good enough for the two of them.
The Best of the Rest
Just a day day prior to the event we lost our co-main event, Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson. In its place we had two other lightweights, Lando Vannata vs David Teymur, which saw Teymur come out on top. But even in defeat Vannata still seems to impress. Let’s be real, in his only other loss he gave a good beating to Tony Ferguson. Dana White did know what he was doing by putting these two in the co-main event. For two unranked fighters, I really couldn’t take my eyes off them. A couple stars in the making.
Also on the card we saw someone’s dad (complete with body, tan lines and knee brace) beat Rashard Evans in his first contest at middleweight. And another Diaz brother, but a female version, win her UFC debut.
The first match of the pay-per-view saw what could have been a headliner a few years ago, Allister Overeem taking on the Super Samoan Mark Hunt. A couple good knee lifts sent Hunt out and down for the night in the third. Overeem could be looking to take yet another run for a title shot.
Overall, many times you can rate a night of fights by the finale. This one fits right in that form. A lot of “Ehh” moments to make an “Ehh” event. On to Brazil