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UFC Fight Night 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2
By: Ethan Back - StatFox
Published: 2/23/2017  at  9:16:00 AM
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UFC Fight Night 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2

Saturday, March 4th
Las Vegas, Nevada

Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs. Stephen Thompson (13-1-1)

Five Round Welterweight Title Fight
Line: Woodley +110, Thompson -130

Tyron Woodley defends his title against Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 209.

Tyron Woodley is the current UFC Welterweight Champion, having won his belt against Robbie Lawler in July 2016 and subsequently retaining it against Stephen Thompson in November 2016 via majority draw. Before the draw, he had won three straight bouts, and is a confident fighter at the moment. Thompson had won seven consecutive fights prior to his draw with Woodley, and is likewise confident of his chances of victory in the rematch.

Woodley connects on 2.55 significant strikes per minute and has an accuracy of 49.56 percent. He absorbs 2.56 such strikes per minute, and has a defense rate of 60.72 percent. The 34-year-old Missouri native averages 1.71 takedown attempts per 15 minutes at a 45.45 percent clip, and defends takedowns 91.89 percent of the time. Woodley averages 0.60 submission attempts per 15 minutes.

Thompson lands 4.06 significant strikes per minute at a rate of 44.95 percent. He absorbs 2.75 significant strikes per minute, and defends them at a 58.32 percent clip. The 34-year-old South Carolina native averages 0.64 takedown attempts per 15 minutes with a 50.00 percent accuracy. He defends takedowns at a 78.57 percent rate, and has yet to record a submission attempt in his MMA career.

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