Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently put the finishing touches on its upcoming UFC 209: "Woodley vs. Thompson 2" pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., March 4, 2017.
UFC 209 will feature a welterweight championship main event between reigning division champion Tyron Woodley and division No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson, who battled to a five-round draw at UFC 205 last November.
Unfortunately, UFC 209 was forced to cancel its interim lightweight title fight pitting the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov against the streaking Tony Ferguson, after “The Eagle” was hospitalized on Friday. The latest developments on that drama here.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 209 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
UFC 209 QUICK RESULTS:
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson — Woodley def. Thompson by majority decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson
David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata — Teymur def. Vannata by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly — Kelly def. Evans by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Amanda Cooper — Calvillo def. Cooper by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:19 of Round One
Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem — Overeem def. Hunt by KO (knees) at 1:44 of Round Three
Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura — Tybura def. Henrique by TKO (punches) at 3:46 of Round Three
Mirsad Bektic vs. Darren Elkins — Elkins def. Bektic by TKO (punches) at 3:19 of Round Three
Iuri Alcantara vs. Luke Sanders — Alcantara def. Sanders by submission (kneebar) at 3:13 of Round Two
Mark Godbeer vs. Daniel Spitz — Godbeer def. Spitz by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Paul Craig vs. Tyson Pedro — Pedro def. Craig by TKO (elbows) at 4:10 of Round One
Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath — Morales def. Soukhamthath by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC 209 PLAY-BY-PLAY UPDATES:
170 lbs.: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson
Round 1: Thompson advancing in his usual stance. Side kick falls short. Two right hands from Woodley. One minute in. Thompson head kick blocked. Again. Two minutes in. Thompson continuing to inch forward, keeping Woodley along the fence. Woodley tries to burst forward, falls short. Two minutes to go.
Good little combo from Thompson. One minute to go. Low kick from Woodley. Body kick from Thompson, leg kick by Woodley. I do not know how to score a round this inactive. 10-9 Thompson for cage control?
Round 2: Woodley reaches him with a right hand to the body. Lead left from Thompson. He still doesn’t quite have the range. Two minutes in. More of the same, Thompson advancing and Woodley circling on the fence. Check hook by Thompson, who eats a glancing right. Two minutes to go.
Side kick from Thompson. Head kick attempt. One minute to go. Woodley thumps him with a right to the chest. Side kick from Thompson. Counter right by Woodley after eating a body kick. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 3: Woodley goes for a single-leg and plants Thompson on the fence. After some adjustment, he completes it into into half guard. One minute in. Solid left hands by Woodley, who’s pinned one of Thompson’s hands behind his back. Thompson makes his way up and fires left hands as Woodley digs in knees. Two minutes in. Short shots by Thompson and he separates. Thompson backs him up to the fence. Two minutes to go.
Body shot from Thompson, then a head kick attempt. Straight left lands for him. Side kick. One minute to go. Another left downstairs. Woodley goes for a right to the gut. Woodley lands a straight left. Body kick and a counter left from the challenger before the bell. 10-9 Woodley.
Round 4: Now things have picked up a bit. Woodley firing off long right hands. Quick little counter by Thompson one minute in. Thompson sending out straight lefts on the fence. Wheel kick blocked. Two minutes in. Woodley blocks a head kick. Two minutes to go.
Straight left by Thompson. Quick right from Woodley. To the body now. One minute to go. Nice head kick lands for Thompson. Woodley tries to blitz in return. Thompson waiting on that check hook. Straight left lands for Thompson. 10-9 Thompson.
Round 5: Now Woodley’s coming forward. Lots of feinting. Side kick by Thompson as Woodley tries to press. One minute in. Right hand lands for Woodley. Woodley tries to shoot, stuffed. Two minutes in. Woodley again tries to blitz. Thompson sending out counters. Two minutes to go.
Thompson to the body. Head kick attempt. Glancing right from Woodley. Touner left lands for THompson. One minute to go. Right hand lands for Woodley in return. Right hand knocks down Thompson! Thompson goes down again.! He’s struggling to survive! Woodley lands a big left hook before the bell but can’t put him away. 10-9 Woodley under Nevada rules.
Final result: Woodley def. Thompson by majority decision
155 lbs.: David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata
Round 1: Vannata threatening kicks early. Teymur firing head kicks in return, eats a straight right. Vannata staying aggressive. Leg kicks from Teymur. One minute in. Inside low kick once again. Vannata looks for a jumping head kick. Nice exchange inside. Counter left by Teymur after eating a body kick. Vannata catches a low kick and lands a right hand. Cartwheel kick lands flush for Vannata. Teymur shakes it off and they swing lime mad. Teymur gets dropped by a right hand but comes back with a knee to the body. Counter left buzzes Vannata, then a straight left behind it. Brief clinch. Two minutes to go.
Superman punch and body knee by Teymur. Vannata pauses to get his mouthpiece back, then eats a left hand. Spinning back kick lands for him, wheel kick does not. Head kick from Teymur. Body kick lands. One minute to go. Vannata shoots and they scramble. Teymur slips free. Both connect with right hands. Hard left-right and Lando may be stunned. Great round. 10-9 Vannata from the knockdown.
Round 2: Both look for body kicks early. They clinch and Vannata lands a right hand on the exit. Right hand at range. One minute in. Both land brutal right hands. Body kick and left hand from Teymur, clinch. Nasty knees by Teymur and Vannata showboats a bit. Vannata eats a low blow, elects to continue. Catches a head kick, lands a wheel kick. Low kick by Teymur. Two minutes in. Both land their power hands. Oblique kick by Vannata. Left hand from Teymur, rights by Vannata. Two minutes to go.
Superman punch cracks Vannata, who simply nods. Teymur hits a surprise takedown and lands a knee on the way up. Vannata looking for long rights. One minute to go. To the body. Counter left by Teymur. Snap kick to the body from Vannata, who tries a Raymond Daniels double kick and eats a straight. Nasty knees and right hook by Teymur. Great fight. 10-9 Teymur.
Round 3: Both men slugging early. Teymur lands a hard knee to the body. Nice counter right by Vannata. Teymur lands an inside leg kick. One minute in. Again, this one met by a straight right. Straight left comes back. Body kick from Yeymur. Inside leg kick, then a head kick land. Teymur slams home knees inside as Vannata swats at him. They separate. Teymur low kick met by an oblique kick. Two minutes in. Right hook by Vannata. Nasty combination by Teymur. Nice takedown by Teymur, Vannata pops right back up. Elbow on the break by Teymur. Right hands by Vannata, knee by Teymur, who hits another takedown. Two minutes to go.
They separate. Right hook by Vannata lands clean, head kick from Teymur comes back. Vannata stuffs a takedown, eats a knee. Right hand on the break. Clinch. One minute to go. 1-2-3 by Veymur. Teumur hits another takednw, Vannata pops up. Nice punching exchange. Left hands from Teymur. Another left and a body kick. Vannata stuffs a takedown before the bell. Terrific fight and I think Teymur’s done it. 10-9 Teymur.
Final result: Teymur def. Vannata by unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly
Round 1: Daniel Kelly with some Sakuraba-esque knee wrapping. Evans looking for the right hand. Head kick blocked. Straight right connects. One minute in. Kelly looping left falls short. Good counter left lands for Kelly. Evans comes back with a right hand. Two minutes in. Another wide left hand from Kelly. Hard straight left by Kelly seems to sting Evans. Nice right hand by Evans and he shoots. Kelly defends well. Two minutes to go.
Kelly looks for an outside trip, can’t get it. Evans catches him leaning with an uppercut. Another long left by Kelly. One minute to go. They clinch and Kelly connects as they separate. Evans with a knee to the body, eats some short uppercuts and thwarts a trip. Evans body kick cracks home. 10-9 Kelly.
Round 2: Kelly aggressive in the early going, hand-fighting well. He goes for a throw, Evans denies it. Straight left from Kelly. One minute in. 3-2 lands. Evans still looking for right hands. Left hand stings Evans. 1-2 by Rashad after a clinch and he shoots. Kelly stuffs it. Evans stuffs a trip and lands a thudding knee. Two minutes in. Evans with an inadvertent eye poke that pauses the action. Kelly staying aggressive. Right hands by Evans in return. Hard body kick lands for Evans and Kelly ties up, landing inside. Right hook connects. Two minutes to go.
Both men land their power hands. Nice single-leg by Evans. Kelly works his way up and separates. One minute to go. Straight left by Kelly. Body kick blocked. Kelly catches a head kick, can’t use it but gets tagged by a straight right. Evans lands another body kick. 10-9 Kelly.
Round 3: Kelly continues to pressure. They tie up and he briefly lands a foot sweep. Evans flicking out his jab. Combination from Kelly. One minute in. Low kick lands. Evans prodding a lot with his punches as they exchange. Hard uppercut stings Kelly, who regains his composure and lands a left uppercut. Left hook by Rashad, who seems to land another eye poke. Lovely little sweep by Kelly. Two minutes in. Body kick from Evans. Left hands by Kelly. Straight right from Rashad met by left uppercuts. Left hands by Kelly and they tie up. Right hand by Rashad, who eats a big uppercut. Two minutes to go.
They trade some dirty boxing. Evans avoids a nice throw. More uppercuts by Kelly as Evans sneaks in a straight right. Body kick. More rights by Rashad. One minute to go. Another left shovel hook by Kelly. They trade nice punches inside and Rashad blatantly grabs Kelly’s shorts in a takedown attempt. Uppercut by Evans and they trade some bombs until the bell. Great fight. 10-9 Evans, barely. Wouldn’t argue these last two rounds either way.
Final result: Kelly def. Evans by split decision
115 lbs.: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Amanda Cooper
Round 1: Calvillo looking for combinations early. Low kick lands for her. Left hook, Cooper lands a right in return. Left hook and low kick by Calvillo. One minute in. Cooper 1-2. Cooper landing at range. Calvillo catches a body kick and spins Cooper to the mat, looking for side control. Cooper inverting She shoots and Calvillo stuffs it, setting up an anaconda. Calvillo goes for the gator roll, then transitions to the back. Both hooks in. Full body triangle by Calvillo. Calvillo works her arm under the chin and, after a readjustment, draws the tap.
Final result: Calvillo def. Cooper by submission (rear naked choke)
265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem
Round 1: Hard leg kick from Hunt to start the fight. Overeem checks the next one. He tries to counter the next one. Hunt’s shin is spewing blood from that check. One minute in. Body kick from Overeem. He clinches, avoiding a right hand. Oblique kick. Teep knocks Hunt back, low keg kick connects afterwards. Two minutes in. Overeem blocks a body kick, takes a right hand. Nice front kick to the body. They trade inside. Overeem changes levels, denied. Two minutes to go.
Hunt with another leg kick, knocks him off-balance with a right hand. Overeem back to the body. Straight right lands for Hunt. Overeem leg kick checked. One minute to go. Hunt looks for a head kick. Overeem doing damage with that oblique kick to the lead leg, lands a sneaky right that buzzes Hunt. Knee to the body. Hunt stalks after Overeem and digs a hook to the body. 10-9 Overeem.
Round 2: Spinning elbow from Overeem goes just high. One minute in. Oblique kick. Stepping knee lands for the Dutchman, then another hard one on the fence. Two minutes in. More knees to the body. He separates after landing some more. Nasty counter elbow hurts Overeem and Hunt wades in. Straight right lands clean and Overeem covers up. Overeem clinches. Two minutes to go.
Sneaky uppercut lands for Hunt after taking some more knees. One minute to go. More knees. Hunt stings him with an elbow, takes another knee. Hunt with another clean elbow. Great fight. 10-9 Overeem.
Round 3: Aggressive first minute until Overeem turns his back and runs. One minute in. He ties up on the fence and lands more brutal knees. In an instant, he grabs the back of his head and slams home a monster shot through Hunt’s guard. One more and “The Super Samoan” goes down face-first.
Final result: Overeem def. Hunt by KO (knees)
265 lbs.: Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura
Round 1: Henrique shoots right away, stuffed initially and he hauls Tybura to the cage. One minute in. Tybura trying to frame, but Henrique staying heavy. Knees from Tybura and a nice elbow before the ref separates them. Counter 1-2 dings Henrique, who catches a body kick and scores a takedown. Tybura pops up and Henrique drags him down again, only for Tybura to hit a nice trip. Tybura looking for the back, settles for half guard. Two minutes to go.
Tybura looking to pass against the fence. One minute to go. Tybura staying busy with ground-and-pound. Henrique works his way to the feet and hits an outside trip. Tybura once again works his way up. 10-9 Tybura.
Round 2: Tiybura fights off a takedown for a while, but Henrique eventually spins him to the mat. Side control for the Brazilian. Tybura uses an underhook to gets to his feet and Henrique threatens with the front headlock. Knees from Henrique. Henrique keeping him against the cage. Two minutes in. Referee splits them up. Lead right by Tybura and Henrique puts him back on the fence. Two minutes to go.
Referee breaks them up. Overhand right by Henrique, who gets rattled by a front kick to the face. Henrique just puts him back on the fence. One minute to go. Some dirty boxing from both men. They separate and Tybura cracks him with another right. 10-9 Tybura?
Round 3: Tybura lands a front kick and a series of right hands that rattle Henrique. The Brazilian puts him on the fence. One minute in. Nasty swelling on Henrique’s face. Nasty elbow by Tybura. Ref separates them. Tybura lands to the body and a swatting right hand. Now Tybura puts Henrique on the fence. Two minutes in. He struggles for a double-leg and Henrique stuffs it, cranking on a guillotine. Tybura pups free, counters a takedown, and takes the back with two minutes to go.
Full mount for Marcin Tybura. Heavy ground-and-pound by the Pole. He pounds away until the ref steps in.
Final result: Tybura def. Henrique by TKO (punches)
145 lbs.: Mirsad Bektic vs. Darren Elkins
Round 1: Early right hand from Elkins. Bektic answers in kind. Nasty combination from Bektic, who hits a perfectly timed takedown into guard. Now half guard. He bashes away with elbows and takes side control. Elkins regains half guard. Bektic moving beautifully, moves to the crucifix. Two minutes in. Punches and elbows from Bektic and Elkins regains half guard. Hard right hands. Two minutes to go.
Elbows. More brutal punches. Fedor-style diving punches snap Elkins’ head back and forth. One minute to go. Elkins is a bloody mess. Elkins avoids the crucifix and regains guard. Nasty elbows. This is a beating. 10-8 Bektic.
Round 2: Bektic stalking forward, lands two big punches inside and scores another takedown. Back to half guard. Elkins uses the fence to work his way up, although Bektic has double underhooks. Knees by Elkins. One minute in. Bektic blasts him with another left hook and changes levels. Elkins threatens a guillotine and takes top position. He gets Bektic to a knee and slams knees to the thigh. Bektic stands and separates. Two minutes in. Hard right hand rattles Elkins. More brutal shots. Elkins goes for a Superman punch and they scramble. Bektic transitions to a single-leg and bulls him to the mat. Two minutes to go.
Elkins looks for an anaconda choke, but gives up side control. Short punches from Bektic. One minute to go. Hard right hands in transition, Elkins regains half guard. 10-9 Bektic.
Round 3: Bektic takes a shin to the nards to start the round. Bektic whacks him with some more nasty punches when they resume. Bektic shoots in against the fence. Elkins gets overeager trying to scramble and they separate. One minute in. 1-2 from Bektic. Elkins stuffs a blast double, but Bektic chain-wrestles his way to half guard. Two minutes in. Elkins scrambles for a kneebar and cranks for his life. Bektic slips his knee free. Elkins gets him to a knee on the fence and lands knees. Two minutes to go.
Elkins suddenly hurts Bektic with a right hand and follows it up with a head kick and more bombs that put Bektic to sleep. The biggest underdog on the fight card has scored a monstrous knockout win.
Final result: Elkins def. Bektic by TKO (punches)
135 lbs.: Iuri Alcantara vs. Luke Sanders
Round 1: Alcantara throws a 1-2 and a brilliant scramble ensues when he hits a throw and goes for an armbar. Sanders slips out and waves him on. Nice left hand by the Brazilian. Right hook by Sanders. One minute in. Overhand left by Sanders. More good shots by Sahnders. Alcatara jams him with a jab. Alcantara takes an eye poke, ref says keep going. Sanders countering well. Two minutes in. Sanders catches a body kick and goes into the Brazilian’s guard. Alcantara goes to turtle position and Sanders bashes away with left hands. Alcantara waits it out and looks for a kimura. No dice. Two minutes to go.
Alcantara eating punch after punch. He tries to stand on the fence. Now elbows by Sanders. One minute to go. Sanders staying heavy on him, keeping him from standing. More elbows, but he lands a blatantly illegal knee. Ref takes a point. Counter kick by Alcantara and a solid left hand knocks Sanders back. 9-8 Sanders with the point deduction.
Round 2: Big left hand from Alcantara draws a nod. Glancing low blow by Alcantara. Alcantara steps in for a trip, can’t get it but lands an elbow. 1-2 by the Brazilian. One minute in. Left hand by Alcantara again an dSanders wades into the pocket. 1-2 and an uppercut by Sanders. Alcantara rolls for a leg in return, can’t get it. Two minutes in. Body knee by Sanders hurts Alcantara. He goes down to a knee, then pops up and looks for Sanders’ hips. Sanders denies it, then forces his way back into that turtle position. Alcantara rolls for a kneebar and he’s got it.
Final result: Alcantara def. Sanders by submission (kneebar)
265 lbs.: Mark Godbeer vs. Daniel Spitz
Round 1: Spitz moving on the outside. Left hook by Godbeer. Front kick by Spitz. Spitz looks for knees, eats a right-left. Godbeer with a right to the body, walks into a right hand. One minute in. Leg kick by Godbeer. Both land left hooks and Godbeer lands a pair of rights. Godbeer lands to the body and Spitz ties up. They separate. 2-3 by Godbeer. Two minutes in. Spitz leg kick. Inside low kick trips Spitz up. Jab by Spitz, two from Godbeer. Two minutes to go.
Spitz lands a hard leg kick. Inside low kicks from Godbeer. Spitz head kick goes high. Godbeer to the body. Good jab by Spitz. One minute to go. More leg kicks by Godbeer. Body shots. Jab exchange. 3-2 jacks Spitz’s jaw and a left hook lands at the bell. 10-9 Godbeer.
Round 2: Spitz ducks down for a single-leg, stuffed. Godbeer lands some punches inside and presses Spitz against the fence. Good knee and a right as they separate. One minute in. Leg kick caught. Nice right hand by Godbeer as Spitz works his jab. More punches by Godbeer, whom Spitz trips to the ground. Godbeer retains full guard. Two minutes in. Godbeer works his way up. Nice knee by Godbeer. Both men fading but Spitz looks a bit worse. Boetsch-style uppercuts land for Godbeer. Hard knees. Left hook. Spitz is fading, eats a thudding right downstairs. Two minutes to go.
Leg kick by Godbeer. Straight right. Spitz is tired and wobbly. He puts Godbeer on the fence. Spitz lets him away. 3-2 by Godbeer. One minute to go. More body shots. Godbeer puts him on the fence, eats a knee, lands one and a straight right. Left hook before the bell. 10-9 Godbeer.
Round 3: Godbeer plodding forward. Spitz dodges a left. Godbeer to the body. They’re both damn tired. One minute in. Front kick by Spitz. Spitz avoids a right hand and briefly ties up. Left hook by Godbeer then a lead right. 1-2 by Spitz lands clean. Two minutes in. Spitz looking better this round. Left hook by Godbeer. Body shots. Body kick by Spitz, left hook by Godbeer. Lead right by Spitz, another hook by Godbeer. Two minutes to go.
1-2 by Spitz, left hook by Godbeer and then an overhand right sends Spitz to a knee. He tries to play it off but eats some more big blows in the fence. Left hook from Godbeer. Spitz body kick. One minute to go. They tie up and trade a couple of knees. Spitz head kick blocked. Godbeer puts him on the fence and they grind until the bell. 10-9 Godbeer.
Final result: Godbeer def. Spitz by unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Paul Craig vs. Tyson Pedro
Round 1: Craig on the advance, flicking out a lead leg head kick. Pedro low kick, eats a 1-2 and lands a hard knee as Craig ties up. Pedro reverses position. One minute in. Nice head pressure from Pedro. Nice counter throw by Craig, but Pedro pops back up. They trade knees. There is a LOT of accent in that cage. Two minutes in. Craig tries a head-and-arm throw, nothing there. More knee and punch exchanges. Knees by Pedro, uppercuts by Craig. Craig exits with a good uppercut. Straight right by Pedro. Two minutes to go.
Right hand drops Craig, who’s lucid enough that Pedro lets him up. Another right hand and some brutal knees from Pedro. Craig tries another head-and-arm throw and gets planted in side control. Pedro pins down his right arm and slams home elbows until the ref steps in. Craig is not happy.
Final result: Pedro def. Craig by TKO (elbows)
135 lbs.: Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Round 1: Morales lands a low kick and stiff left hand. Looking the aggressor, as expected. Low kick by Morales lands hard. Soukhamthath jabbing with him. One minute in. Counter jab and low kick by Morales. Morales landing to the inside and outside of the leg, using his jab before and after. More jab exchanges. Counter left hook from Soukhamthath after getting clipped. Two minutes in. 2-3 by Soukhamthath. The punches are evening up but Morales’ low kicks are making a real impact. Two minutes to go.
Double jab by Soukhamthath. Lead uppercut pierces the guard. Straight right by Soukhamthath, left by Morales. One minute to go. Morales counters a flying knee with a straight right. Soukhamthath low kick grazes the groin. Morales’ jab working well and they exchange at close range before the bell. 10-9 Morales.
Round 2: Soukhamthath comes out more aggressively. Low kick lands for him. Morales low kick. Jab exchange, another Soukhamthath low kick. One minute in. Left hook to low kick. He’s doing much better on the front foot. Morales ducks a left hook and drags Soukhamthath to his rear on the fence. Soukhamthath pops back up, still pressed against the cage. Two minutes in. Morales ducks down for a single-leg and Soukhamthath counters with the switch. Morales in turtle position. Two minutes to go.
Morales tries to roll through, surrenders half guard. He takes full guard. One minute to go. Morales looks for a Kimura, which allows Soukhamthath to pass to half and land some nice shots. Morales scrambles up, eats a knee. 10-9 Soukhamthath.
Round 3: Nice exchanges in the early going. Soukhamthath finds a hole for his left hook to the body and lands some murderous shots to the gut, including a knee. One minute in. Morales swinging back. Soukhamthath shoots, stuffed. Morales moves to the back turtle and drops punches. Two minutes in. Morales puts his forearm under Morales’ chin and locks up the body triangle. Two minutes to go.
More punches as Morales patiently works towards the choke. One minute to go. Soukhamthath trying to punch over his shoulder as they handfight. Under the new rules, 10-8 Morales despite the early struggles.
Final result: Morales def. Soukhamthath by split decision