Stephen Thompson: ‘I’ve Got Tyron Woodley’s Number’

Stephen
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (Source: UFC on YouTube)

The welterweight title rematch between champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson is finally official. After trading barbs and talk of big money fights, the two finally reached a deal to scrap once again at UFC 209.

“Wonderboy” and “The Chosen One” went to war at UFC 205 in New York City in November. Thompson took an incredible amount of punishment, but was never out of the fight. They went the distance and the fight was ruled a majority draw. Both men earned a “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Woodley still argues that he was the clear winner in their first encounter and that in the rematch, he’ll prove that he is the better fighter. Thompson has other plans (via MMAJunkie Radio):

“There’s going to be no doubt in everybody’s mind who the winner of that fight is going to be, and that’s going to be me.”

Before agreeing to fight “Wonderboy” again, Woodley tried to secure a super fight with Nick Diaz. When that didn’t materialize, he aimed for middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Thompson criticized Woodley for trying to settle for a draw.

“He wants to fight everybody else but me is what it seems like. We did fight to a draw last time, which, in my eyes, we might as well have not even fought at all. It almost seems like he’s happy with a draw, and he’s OK with it. In my eyes, as a champion, I wouldn’t be happy with that.”

Thompson believes he has the champion figured out. The challenger is confident that he will walk away with only his hand raised and gold around his waist.

“I know I can hit him, and I can hit him with some power. I’ve got his number, man. Next time we step out there, I can just go out there and do my thing.”

UFC 209 takes place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 4.

Latest MMA News

“Bigfoot” Silva Hits Back at “Jealous” Critics

Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has defended himself against claims that he is risking his health by continuing to compete despite suffering a string of knockouts Silva's...
video

[WATCH] The Latest “All Access: Mayweather vs. ‘Animal’ McGregor”

Conor McGregor continues to pledge his intention to end his upcoming contest with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as soon as possible "The Notorious" has made himself...
video

Holohan on Mayweather vs. McGregor: “Boxing is Full of Bullies”

The former UFC flyweight and teammate of Conor McGregor recently opened up on the differences between the worlds of boxing and MMA Holohan, who retired from...
video

McGregor & Mayweather Sr. a Better Fight Says Shane Mosley

Boxing legend Shane Mosley claims that 64-year-old Floyd Mayweather Sr. would be a better match for Conor McGregor than Mayweather Jr. Mosley, who fought Mayweather...
Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal Can’t Believe Stephen Thompson Signed Bout Agreement

Jorge Masvidal is still in disbelief that Stephen Thompson agreed to fight him at UFC 217. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced that Masvidal...