It ended in a draw! Yup! The first fight ,Tyrone Woodley vs Stephen Thompson ended in a draw. It was like watching a great movie with a shitty ending. But today, the UFC is putting Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson back in the cage to settle the score! Let’s take a closer look at these two fighters and then I’ll make my fight pick for Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson 2.
Tyron Woodley is coming into this UFC title defense with an overall MMA record of 16-3. Woodley was riding a three fight winning streak before the epic draw with Thompson. Woodley is one of, if not the most explosive fighter in the UFC. He can finish and he can finish fast! He has 6 KO/TKO’s on his record including the devastating first round KO of former champion Robbie Lawler. He also has 5 submission on his record which puts his fight finishing percentage at an impressive 69%.
Stephen Thompson has an overall MMA record of 13-1. His only loss was a decision way back in 2012 to Matt Brown. Thompson has defeated some of the best in the UFC as he climbed his way up to a title shot. Thompson really put himself on the map with wins over Rory McDonald, Johnny Hendricks and Robert Whittaker. Like Woodley, Thompson can finish! He has 7 KO/TKO’s and 1 submission sprinkled in on his resume. His overall finishing percentage is just under Woodley’s at 62%.
Woodley has the edge both in wrestling and boxing but Thompson can kick like no other in the UFC. They’ve tested the waters in the first fight. Tonight, it will be about who comes in with the better game plan.
Look for Woodley to be more aggressive. He seemed to have held back a bit in the first meeting. Maybe it was nerves, maybe a gas tank running low? It was his first title defense and the pressure was on. With that first title defense out of the way, and having tested the waters with Thompson, aggressiveness is going to be key in the rematch.
Look for Thompson to find a way to release more kicks. In the first meeting, the takedown danger caused Thompson to hold them back. Thompson also struggled when he was taken down. Finding a way to get back up if he does get taken down is going to be key.
I’m picking Woodley for the win! He had opportunities to finish in the first fight and made strategical errors. Those errors will be fixed. Woodley will be more aggressive with his wrestling which will open up opportunities to land brain shaking chingasos. Thompson did enough to survive and win a couple of rounds in the first fight. Doing enough to survive won’t get him the win. Woodley will walk out of the UFC octagon win the belt once again!
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