UFC 205: McGregor vs. Alvarez took place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) looked to defend himself against red-hot challenger Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (13-1-1) in the night's co-main event, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Woodley vs. Thompson, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: First title defense here for Woodley. Thompson wanted to fight for title at MSG, and here we are. Should be a good fight. Referee is Dan Miragliotta. Thompson was loose during instructions. Has been smiling. Woodley very serious. Thompson in sideways stance, and bouncing. Woodley staying on the orbit early. A lot of respect here to start. Thompson tries as snap head kick that waves by Woodley. He is so quick with his attacks. There's a head kick that Woodley blocks. Woodley is threatening, very subtly, the takedown. But so far not pulling trigger on attempt. Thompson leg kick, and Woodley grabs him and spins him down. Woodley now controlling fight in the center, in Thompson's half guard. This is Woodley's world here. So far Thompson keeping Woodley reined in. Body shots from Woodley, who isn't letting Thompson squirm out from under him. This is where Woodley wanted the fight. He is still hammering away at Thompson's sides, and controlling Wonderboy's wrists. They have moved from one side of the inner-Octagon, to the other. Still, Thompson trying to fend off Woodley. Now Woodley leveling Thompson with elbows. A lot of blood on Thompson's face. He got worked that round. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Woodley, 10-9.
Round 2: The cut is on the bridge of Wonderboy's nose it looks like. They touch gloves. Again, the blading technique from Thompson, who will need to keep the fight standing to have a chance here. Another takedown and it could be dispiriting. A body kick from Woodley is blocked, and a return fire head kick misses the other way. Woodley waits for Thompson to come in with punches and ties him up. They are on the fence, and Woodley is trying for a takedown. The toil continues, as Woodley works knees to the inside of Thompson's thigh. Closing this range and making it ugly is working wonders here for Woodley. Finally Thompson pushes free, and the crowd lets up a cheer. Thompson stalks forward and Woodleys' game is to wait for aggression and the either close in or throw big. That time he threw big. Now Thompson lands a spinning body kick, and that put Woodley back and got the crowd riled. Thompson now landing a little better here. There's a series of lefts from Wonderboy, and now he lands another — which Woodley demonstrates didn't faze him. Wonderboy still picking him his, one-twos and range numbers, but with caution to stay out. Much better round here for Thompson. He's going to tie this thing up. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Thompson, 10-9 (19-19 overall)
Round 3: Woodley to the center, we'll see if his trepidation continues. He's waving his left hand in distraction for Thompson, and then rushes forward flinging leather. One of those shots caught Wonderboy, who was fine as he retreated. Now Thompson moves forward again, looking to get into a rhythm. Woodley doing a good job of disrupting that so far. Nice one-two from Thompson on fence. They are trading evenly here through two minutes. Leg kicks from Woodley, and then Thompson explodes forward and lands a set of punches that grabs the crowd's attention. Woodley on his bike, now, rolling. Trying to keep his distance. Wonderboy with his hands down, takes a jab — and another. Spinning head kick from Thompson misses. As Woodley throws a big one, Thompson coolly clips him with a counter. Thompson sizing up, and so is Woodley, who kicks Thompson's lead leg out from under him. Crazy fight. Looks like Wonderboy is fatiguing a little bit. Woodley might be too. Wonderboy's face definitely showing the more damage. Thompson doing a good job snapping off the jab. Yet Woodley headhunting in the late moments there, nothing landing flush. Close round. Could go either way. We'll say Woodley. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Woodley, 10-9 (29-28 overall for Woodley)
Round 4: Championship rounds here. See who has the stamina to dictate here. It's Woodley pivoting at center, and Thompson looking for openings. Thompson with a leg kick, and now he skitters around one full rotation. Nice right hand over the jab there from Thompson, who is building a toll. Thompson again with a flurry, and then Woodley lands a shot that drops Thompson momentarily. Crowd brought to life and there's another bit right hand from Woodley. That drops Wonderboy. He's in major trouble, as Woodley is bringing the onslaught. Somehow Wonderboy surviving. He drops to his knees, and Woodley gets his neck. Now he is trying to end this thing with a guillotine. It's tight! But Wonderboy somehow surviving, and the longer he goes the more the crowd roars! He is still in it. And the crowd lets out a roar as he starts hammering Woodley's side, letting the ref know he's still around. Unreal! Now it's Thompson on top, and he's landing shots. This is crazy. Crowd just swelling to life with every shot. There are chants of "Wonderboy" all through MSG. Now he postures up and he's hammerfisting Woodley! What a fight! MMA Fighting scores R4 10-9 for Woodley (39-37 overall for Woodley)
Round 5: High fives to start last round. Jump kick from Thompson, and Woodley says that didn't hurt. Incredible stuff here. Leg kick from Woodley. Crowd kicks up a Wonderboy chant again. A straight right jab from Thompson. Youn wonder how much that guillotine attempt took out of Woodley, given the amount of time he held it. Big time exertion. Thompson not exactly fresh, here, but he's still pushing the action — still in that sideways stance, and searching for openings. Straight right jab to the neck area for Thompson, and he's sniping — this is where he's been good through his career thus far. Woodley definitely lost some steam here. And there's a solid jab from Wonderboy, who is landing. Another right from Thompson. Sweet counter there, too, as Woodley attempted a leg kick. Woodley hands around his waist, but he's mustering the odd combo attempts. Mostly wild overhands. Thompson standing cold in front, and returning fire with poise when Woodley does attack. He lands a couple of nice punches later. This thing will be close. If the third went to Thompson, it could be his. If the judges saw a 10-8 round for Woodley in the fourth, it could be his. We'll see. MMA Fighting scores R5 for Thompson, 10-9 (48-47 for Woodley overall)
UFC 205 official results: Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson end in majority draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47)