Countdown to UFC 209 gathers pace

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson will rematch in the main event

BY Simon Maguire 11:38 Tuesday 21 February 2017, 11:38 21 Feb 2017

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. Image: ©INPHO/Tom Hogan

The countdown to UFC 209 continues to gather pace as fans anticipate the rematch of the UFC's welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson.

The pair battled to a majority draw in the co-main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden last December.

Woodley looked like he was on the brink of ending the fight on two occassions only for the challenger to hold on and win three of the five rounds himself. Woodley was awarded a 10-8 on the scorecards by two judges which led to the draw overall. 

Immediatley after the bout, Woodley was again demanding a super fight despite the unfinished business with Thompson and the UFC promptly booked the rematch for March.

Thompson, a five time world kickboxing champion who boasts an unbeaten 57-0 record in his preferred discipline, has suggested he wasn't at his best in their first fight. 

In the co-main event, the number one contender to Conor McGregor's lightweight title is expected to emerge when Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson clash.

The interim lightweight title will be on the line when the unbeaten Nurmagomedov, who was won all 24 of his professional fights, tests the nine fight win streak of Ferguson.

Ferguson has received preformance bonuses in each of his last five fights which included wins over Rafael Dos Anjos, Josh Thomson and Edson Barboza.

Nurmagomedov is yet to pick up a bonus despite dominating most of his UFC fights. 

UFC 209 takes place on March 4th in Las Vegas.

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