Tyron Woodley will be defending his UFC welterweight championship against the surging Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. This is great news for MMA fans, as it gives the UFC 205 card a title match between two very, very good competitors. The news was released on Friday at Fox Sports 2’s weigh-in show.
Woodley, 34, is coming off of an impressive 1st round knockout win over Robbie Lawler last July at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia. Woodley scored a knockout over the 34-year-old Lawler with punches. Thus, he ended Lawler’s five-fight winning streak that he had going since 2014. Woodley was supposed to be fighting a rematch against Lawler at UFC205, but Lawler decided he needed more time to train to get back to his winning form that he had.
To be sure, Lawler looked unstoppable for a two-year period there in beating the likes of Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger. Woodley did a great job of stopping him. Woodley is more known for his grappling skills than his stand up fighting ability. He’s a former high school state wrestling champion, and you’ve to be very good o win a state title in the sport.
Woodley had some problems in his MMA career from 2012 to 2014 in losing three matches to Nate Manquardt, Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald. However, in his last three fights, he’s beaten Dong Hyun Kim, Kevin Gastelum and Robbie Lawler to turn his career around. It would seem that those results show that Woodley has improved his game.
I’m not sure if he has or not, but we’ll soon seen when he gets inside the octagon against the 33-year-old Thompson, who has won his last seven fights. The only time Thompson has been beaten in his career was against Matt Brown in UFC 145 back in 2012. It’s been wins for Thompson ever since then. Thompson has beaten the following fighters in his seven-fight winning streak: Roy MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Patrick Cole, Robert Whittaker, Chris Clements, and Nah-Shon Burrell.