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UFC 209, the Morning After: Dana White and Tyron Woodley agree — if you booed, strap up or shut up

What you may have missed from last night

MMA: UFC 209-Woodley vs Thompson Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 209 was a great night of fights with an awful main event, so of course the main event is what we will be talking about. (And then the awesome comebacks, the internet reacting to old man Daniel Kelly beating Rashad Evans, Overeem beating Hunt, and more)


The Ugly

Stephen Thompson pressured Woodley against the cage for long stretches, but refused to lead, and Woodley refused to initiate. This resulted in a stalemate for the better part of five rounds, when Tyron landed with a last-gasp flurry that dropped Thompson and sealed him a majority decision on the scorecards. (see the highlights here)

The most amazing thing to come out of the main event was Dana White and Tyron Woodley agreeing on something. They repeated the same answer in response to fans booing: If you didn’t like it, strap on a pair of four-ounce gloves and get in there yourself. Dana White has no patience for you beer-guzzling popcorn-eating boo-birds. Woodley said the same thing: if you are jeering, he’ll pause the fight, tag you in and watch you go at it with the “annoying” Wonderboy.

Dana White to fans: “shut up”

This isn’t a fight that will help either Woodley or Thompson’s popularity. One has a feeling Woodley will be defending himself for a while:

He also won’t be calling anyone out this time, because of you folks on the internet.


The Good:

Ryan Harkness also summarized the main card really well here.

Lando Vannata lost to David Teymur in a highly entertaining co-main event. Vannata had the more flashy moments, but Teymur pulled away in the later rounds to get the win

Rashad Evans had his middleweight debut spoiled by Daniel Kelly, and Twitter had a field day with that.

Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem opened the main card with a great heavyweight bout, Overeem closing the show with his patented Uberknees. Not only that, but he did it the day after he was throwing up from food poisoning. Let’s hope the drug tests come back clean for this one.

Mark Hunt threw an unexpected body kick that cut his shin open

This was clearly a choice of artistic expression by Hunt, but it left itself open to both highbrow and lowbrow interpretations.

This was the second-to-last knee.


The Comebacks

In the end, it was a night that was all about the comebacks. Woodley’s burst in the final thirty seconds won the main event for him. Teymur was given 30-27 scorecards, but he was getting marked up in the first round before coming back to take the momentum. Overeem and Hunt was a back-and forth battle that saw Overeem endure a surprising amount of punishment to get a last-round KO. And on the prelims, two of the most dramatic come-from-behind wins in recent memory occured.

Darren Elkins was getting pasted by highly touted prospect Mirsad Bektic. He was down on the scorecards 20-17. He was getting roasted for his awful “Damage” chest tattoo. And then, in the last round, he pulled this out of nowhere:

No one was saying anything about his chest tattoo after that. Darren Elkins can get whatever awful tattoo he wants to. He earned it.

And Alcantara locked up a kneebar out of nowhere, in a fight he was losing badly, to leave Luke Sanders no choice but to tap:

There were other highlights from the weekend, of course. Combat sports were happening all over the world. Here are just a couple of them.

Enjoy your Sundays, Maniacs!

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