WOODLEY AND THOMPSON IN CLASH FOR WELTERWEIGHT TITLE

The interim-lightweight title fight is off the card but there still remains the main event between.


Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas will see Stephen Thompson heading into the match as the No. 1 contender and according to OddsShark, he remains the favorite to win at -140. For the champion, Tyron Woodley he remains the underdog at +120.

Thompson was favored at -160, and Woodley was sitting at +130 just a day ago which has not been much of a shift though.

Early on Friday when the fighters weighed in, they both made weight with Woodley coming in on the dot at 170 pounds, while his opponent lagged behind underweight at 169 pounds.

The past 24 hours saw the hype towards the match die down significantly, given that it was not as highly anticipated as that of Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov had been.

In the last meeting between the two, the fight had been too close to call. However, this time around would most likely be different as there won’t be a doubt in anyone’s mind who the 170-pound champion is.

Thompson was able to survive Woodley’s best shots that got him at the chin. One thing Woodley could do any differently would be to shoot for more takedowns. However, he appears to tire out more easily, in the first or second round.

Thompson did not show off any of his near full arsenal of karate and kickboxing. For him therefore, the upcoming fight would be a very interesting one for him.

For Woodley, he has been training with Sage Northcutt in order to mimic the karate stance and kicks of his opponent. The only difference is that Thompson remains an elite karate practitioner and would most likely unleash his full skills on Woodley.

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