The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s New York debut is beginning to take shape. On Friday, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley announced the first defense of his title will come at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
Woodley announced the bout during Friday’s UFC Fight Night 96 weigh-in show.
The champion enters the bout fresh off a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 to claim the title. It was Woodley’s third consecutive victory, with previous wins over Kelvin Gastelum and Dong Hyun Kim.
Thompson, meanwhile, has rattled off seven straight wins since suffering his first and only career loss to Matt Brown back in 2012.
During Wonderboy’s winning streak he has recorded impressive wins of Rory MacDonald, former champ Johnny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger and Patrick Cote. Defeating Woodley for the title would be the latest feather in his cap in what has been a wildly successful career in combat sports.
Despite the title fight being on the card, it is not expected to be the main event of the night.
There are numerous credible rumors out swirling that the UFC is still targeting a superfight between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for the main event.
UFC 205 takes place on Nov. 12.
The latest fight card for the pay-per-view event can be seen below:
- Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson for welterweight title
- Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
- Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
- Thiago Alves vs. Al Iaquinta
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Gian Villante
- Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
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