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UFC 209 live blog: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson 2

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Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson will clash again in the UFC 209 main event Saturday night.
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson will clash again in the UFC 209 main event Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 209 live blog for Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson 2, a welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Woodley, who is 3-1-1 over his past five fights, will face Thompson, who is 4-0-1 in his past five fights, in the main event.

Check out the UFC 209 live blog below.

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Round 1: Referee for the rematch is Big John McCarthy. They touch gloves. Wonderboy in the sideways stance. We'll see if he lets his kicks go earlier this time. Side kick from Thompson, and Woodley lunges at him with punches. Head kick from Thompson, and it was semi-blocked. Another one, and that one was blocked in full. But seeing some aggression from Thompson. Crowd already booing. Thompson all movement, and he's picking his shots. Again, the crowd lets up a chorus of boos. Not a ton of action there. But Thompson did more. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Thompson, 10-9.

Round 2: Very measured first round. We'll see if action picks up. Thompson with a high kick, and Woodley stalks. A one-two from Woodley, but he misses on both. Thompson continues to move forward and picking him apart in pockets. It looks like he learned some stuff from the first fight, as he said he did. Woodley circling. Woodley comes forward throwing a quick flurry, but doesn't follow up. Some blood on Wonderboy's face. Another side kick from Thompson. And a switch to the round kick. Big right hand from Woodley lands, more a counter. Woodley very tentative through two rounds. Crowd just not loving it. And right as Thompson lands a kick to the body, Woodley lands a right hand. Will say Woodley that round (?). Very well could be Thompson's though. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Woodley, 10-9 (19-19)

Round 3:
Now Woodley tries for a double leg, and Thompson happily crashes into the fence to avoid it. And now, after dogged persistence, Woodley lands it right there. Woodley going to work with the ground and pound, has Thompson's hand trapped behind his back. He is landing little inside shots from that position, and he's just muscling Thompson. Now Thompson gets back to his feet, and in the clinch, Woodley lands some knees. They are on fence, and now finally Thompson separates. Now reset, Thompson goes to work from the side stance, and lands a left hand. Wonderboy with a high kick, and Woodley just knows whenever that's coming. They both know everything, seemingly, the other wants to do. Makes for a complicated situation. Woodley after a lead left lands a very nice right hand. Now towards end of the round, Thompson lands a couple of shots, including a left hook that landed flush. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Woodley 10-9 (29-28 overall for Woodley)

Round 4: Right hand from Woodley. Woodley ducks down and tries to slam home that right hand, and the agile Thompson moves off. Still, Wonderboy holds the middle. He wants to unleash, but he's still holstered. Spinning wheel kick from Thompson and it was mostly blocked, but it was sudden and got the people involved for a minute. It's just a lot of one-shot stuff. Head kick by Thompson. Very cautious stuff. Again, crowd voicing its displeasure. Right hand lands for Woodley, and then Wonderboy with a left. Woodley lunges forward with a right hand. Fight just losing steam, but it's not a lost cause. Woodley lands another right hand. Thompson just seems too rooted in "reaction," so he's not really initiating. MMA Fighting scores R4 for Thompson, 10-9 (38-38)

Round 5: Right hand from Woodley, who comes out more aggressively. We'll see if that continues. Thompson doesn't necessarily mind. He wants to counter. Duke Roufus calling for takedowns. Wants to make the round easy to score in a fight where so little has gone on, at least in definitive action. Left hand from Wonderboy. Now Woodley reaches for a longshot takedown, can't get close enough. Thompson dances by, and again he leans in with his vision, as if to come at Woodley. He doesn't. Woodley holds the center. He's pivoting, and Thompson tries a kick in there, a body kick. That lands. Wow Woodley crushes Thompson with a big shot, and now he swarms late! Right hands, trying to finish! He has Wonderboy hurt, but the horn sounds. Came so close to finishing there. Twenty four minutes and change of nothingness, then a right hand that dropped him and a flurry. McCarthy was right there watching. So many right hands from Woodley. MMA Fighting scores R5 for Woodley, 10-9 (48-47 for Woodley overall)

UFC 209 official results: Tyron Woodley def. Stephen Thompson via majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47)