UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodely (pictured) might have thought “entitled” Stephen Thompson didn’t deserve an immediate rematch following their highly controversial majority draw in November, instead targeting a scrap with Demian Maia who “deserved” the shot, but the UFC thought differently.
On Monday, Woodley announced on his “The Morning Wood” podcast that his next scrap will in fact be a sequel with Thompson at UFC 209. The UFC subsequently confirmed Woodley’s announcement via Twitter.
“You need to be careful what you ask for,” Woodley said. “‘Wonderboy,’ you want it? Come get it.”
The 170-pounders put on quite a show inside Madison Square Garden in a thrilling back-and-forth battle. They showed much respect towards each other after the bout, with each anticipating an instant rematch was on deck.
However, Woodley has been very vocal of late in seeking out a different opponent – UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz and Maia. But, at the end of the day, Woodley has yet to successfully defend his belt once so his words don’t carry as much weight with UFC brass as other champions.
Woodley had won five of his past six fights, including three straight, prior to UFC 205. “The Chosen One” captured the belt in July by knocking out Robbie Lawler.
Thompson was riding a seven-fight winning streak into their initial showdown. June’s convincing unanimous decision victory over perennial contender Rory MacDonald secured his first UFC title tilt.
UFC 209 goes down March 4 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The welterweight rematch will headline show.