Here we go again.
On Nov. 12 at UFC 205, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defended his belt against the No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson. It was a back and forth affair with Woodley having the most dominant moments, and nearly finishing “Wonderboy” on a couple of occasions, but with Thompson edging ahead in the closer rounds. The end result of the fight was a majority draw with Woodley retaining his belt, and UFC President Dana White saying a rematch seemed likely.
Yet negotiations for the match up are still ongoing. Ariel Helwani reported that the UFC has always wanted to set their rematch for UFC 209 but the hang up seems to be with Woodley. Since 205, Woodley has been actively campaigning for other fights besides a Thompson rematch, seeking out fights with former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, and most recently, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. In an attempt to upend these efforts by Woodley, Thompson recently called the champion out on Twitter, revealing that the UFC offered him a fight contract with Woodley on Dec. 20 and that he signed his contract and was only waiting on Woodley to make the fight official by signing his own.
Waiting on you @TWooodley pic.twitter.com/XwFqePtVbe— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 9, 2017
Woodley was quick to respond, attempting to catch Thompson unaware but, unlike in their title fight, failing to land the big punch(line).
@WonderboyMMA Just waiting on Boffa @WonderboyMMA— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
@TWooodley I've been on that boffa joke since high school— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 9, 2017
@WonderboyMMA You also been on Boffa since I beat you Nov. 12, 2016! @WonderboyMMA— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
For the uninitiated, boffa, or BOFA, is a joke wherein one party says BOFA and when the other party responds quizzically, the first party replies with “DEEZ NUTS!” It’s a sophomoric joke that’s been around for many years but has experienced a renaissance of late.
After Thompson dodged the mockery, the two engaged in a heated exchange. Thompson maintained that since their first fight was a draw, the two needed to run it back and alluded to Woodley being “scared” to fight him a second time. Woodley was adamant that he won their first encounter, that Thompson had 25 minutes to beat him and couldn’t do it, and that Thompson was “lucky” to get a draw, decrying the the former challenger for acting “entitled.”
@TWooodley Looks like both our arms are raised. I wouldn't call that a win. It's fine if ur scared. I wouldn't fight me twice either!— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 9, 2017
@SupaSavage413 @JorgeCasaas @Rage_Nicotine @WonderboyMMA Somebody please give this dude a leg to stand on pic.twitter.com/H83waeFEbH— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
@ConMcCoy11 @WonderboyMMA @TheNotoriousMMA He had 5round to take it. Barely lived through 1 and 4— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
@TWooodley You're telling me you left that fight satisfied? Is that the face of a happy man? Looks like you left something out there...— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 9, 2017
@WonderboyMMA Im tellin u ur lucky it was a draw. The controversy was weather u lost, draw, or they should have stopped it yet ur "Entitled" 2 a rematch— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
It’s the same argument these two have been having for almost six months now, with Thompson trying to get Woodley to accept a fight with him on the basis of being the No. 1-ranked welterweight but Woodley wanting to fight bigger names in more marketable fights.
Or maybe not. After Thompson attempted a “mic drop” style walk off, declaring “I’ll see you at UFC 209,” Woodley responded by calling him delusional and threatening to give the other welterweight contender, Demian Maia, the next title shot.
@TWooodley Not an entitled bone in my body. A contract 2 fight you was given to me w/o asking. I signed it. You didn't. I'll see you #ufc209— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) January 9, 2017
@WonderboyMMA @WonderboyMMA BRUH! Obviously I punched you 2 hard in that fight! You are overly entitled & delusional maybe I'll give @demianmaia the shot pic.twitter.com/UT0S75a4Jb— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
Maia is a former middleweight title challenger who cemented his status as next in line by dismantling former interim champion Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC on Fox 21. Maia is on a six-fight win streak in the division and has made it clear he will sit out until he gets his chance to fight for the belt. He was supposed to face the winner of the Woodley-Thompson, but the draw threw that plan into disarray.
Though Maia is clearly deserving of a title shot, he doesn’t figure to be the kind of pay-per-view draw that Woodley appears to be seeking for his next fight. However, he would offer Woodley the chance to test himself against one of the best grapplers in the history of ever which might be more appealing than a rematch with an opponent he seems to believe has no chance to beat him.
@bjpenndotcom @WonderboyMMA How? Going to learn 20yrs of wrestling in a camp, gain a brown belt in BJJ, & gain explosiveness that took a lifetime? Plus I outstruck him— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 9, 2017
UFC 209 is only eight weeks away, taking place on March 4th in Las Vegas, Nev. so however this shakes out, the UFC is sure to announce something official soon or be forced to push the planned title defense back to another event.
Still got it. UFC 207 brought in 1.1 million PPV buys, according to early estimates.
Fair is fair. Chael Sonnen says out-of-competition drug testing is “just fair.”
Pressure. Mike Dolce says Ronda Rousey “puts more pressure on herself than anyone.”
Money. Cody Garbrandt says T.J. Dillashaw doesn’t sell PPVs so a fight doesn’t make sense.
This might break a lot of hearts.
Laila Ali talks Ronda.
Jonny Bones with sage advice.
Chael kiboshing Ronda’s Hollywood future.
Bermudez training Vlog.
Genuinely excited for this promotion in 2017.
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Phone Booth Fighting
Hustle, hustle, hustle hard.
As a martial artist and an MMA promoter, here is my open letter and #Bellator170 invite to the very talented #MerylStreep #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/zostN22RAK— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017
What an incredible ride! I’ll forever be grateful for being on this journey with all of you for the last 19 years! pic.twitter.com/reg3APxk9X— Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) January 7, 2017
I for one think the Jacare-Boetsch fight is completely reasonable, if underwhelming.
Hey guys!!!! If you want to tell me how much I suck we should meet and talk about it— Mick Maynard (@Mickmaynard2) January 6, 2017
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The champ out there helping the up and comers.
A pleasure to meet the man himself. Humble and respectful. #Platinum #Champ #welterweight @TWooodley #GodBless pic.twitter.com/yE4URUYtAO— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) January 8, 2017
And making friends.
You are super humble to come to a seminar and train with general public and always trying to get better! @ufc #ufc DM me your contact. https://t.co/il6iEYONAr— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 8, 2017
I train with bears lions gorillas all my life this is why conor Ferguson, and all bums don't want to fight with me @danawhite @seanshelby— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 9, 2017
Tony want this money up front because not confident he's gonna win he wants to cash out because he know what I will smash him @danawhite— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 9, 2017
@TheNotoriousMMA and conor says he's having a baby when all he does is go to clubs and party excuse after excuse @danawhite @seanshelby— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 9, 2017
Everyone was picking fights this weekend.
I've never liked Artem anyways lol— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) January 7, 2017
.@CubSwanson you'll like me even less after I am done with you— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) January 8, 2017
So this happened.
Now accepting applications for a husband. Thanks.— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) January 7, 2017
And then this.
@PaigeVanzantUFC mmm... Hey Blondie, can I get on that list?— Fredson Paixao (@FredsonPaixao) January 7, 2017
帰ってきた！笑@Cody_Nolove pic.twitter.com/D7NgfmRc5E— Teruto Ishihara (@teruto_ko) January 9, 2017
Shoot your shot.
I want to get closer to fighting @Cody_Nolove cause Im the only one who can beat him— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) January 9, 2017
@Cody_Nolove can't take me down, my striking is better & I want to prove it I beat @UrijahFaber way easier than @DominickCruz did.— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) January 9, 2017
@Cody_Nolove The only natural progression is me beating @DominickCruz and then getting a title shot.— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) January 9, 2017
Im rank with the best let me fight the best @DominickCruz @TJDillashaw @Cody_Nolove I dont want a paycheck fight I want to fight the best! pic.twitter.com/DV9HEhsb5X— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) January 9, 2017
The language here is NSFW.
She's a better coach than Edmond pic.twitter.com/rkrLLABBa6— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) January 8, 2017
Oh god no.
How much would you pay? @rampage4real @BellatorMMA @LightsOutbrand pic.twitter.com/eyswTNgkm8— Shawne Merriman (@shawnemerriman) January 8, 2017
I don’t even remember what he said but I’m sure it wasn’t good.
@criscyborg @ScottCoker No disrespect I consider you a friend. It was casual conversation taken out of context! I'm a huge fan sorry!— Joe Warren (@JoeWarrenMMA) January 8, 2017
2 on 1 is pretty tough to overcome.
Ok I'm deadly serious I'll fight @TWooodley and @bisping at the same time 2on1 and take both your titles. Let's all make money #ridicules— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) January 6, 2017
ali on khabib's facebook— Jessica Hudnall (@LegKickTKO) January 8, 2017
jesus, you'd think he'd stop screwing up at some point pic.twitter.com/tufWjxUM64
Tony or Aldo, Tony or Aldo, Tony or Aldo...
Frank’s daughter is a badass.
The Warmaster setting out on his own.
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Tyron Woodley is 100% not afraid of Stephen Thompson but it still kind of baffles me that he is so averse to fighting Wonderboy. I mean, shoot your shot or whatever but he’s a smart man and he knows he’s not getting GSP or Nick Diaz or Bisping or Conor (at least not until the end of the year). Maybe it’s just negotiations on his part but the constant dismissal of Wonderboy seems like bad branding to me. That being said, I’m certainly not an expert on that type of thing. Maybe it is smart and I just don’t see it. Entirely possible.
It’s the first UFC fight week of the new year, folks. BJ Penn is back and for the next few days the old hats can relish their nostalgia bones and hope for a resurgent Penn while the realists can laugh at their foolishness. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.
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