Ariel Helwani reported earlier today that a rematch between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson is still in the UFC’s plans for their March 4th event in Las Vegas – entitled UFC 209.
However, Woodley doesn’t seem to see a second bout with Thompson in his immediate future.
At the very beginning of this still new year, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping posted a video to Instagram in which he and Woodley can be heard agreeing to a 180-pound catchweight showdown. It is this super-fight that ‘T-Wood’ is eyeing next according to a tweet that he sent out this evening, which included a hitlist of sorts.
Unfortunately for Thompson, his name didn’t even come after Bisping’s on said list. No, second spot was reserved for UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, with whom Woodley had several run-ins during the build-up to UFC 205 last November.
After that, suggested Woodley, ‘Wonderboy’ will get his shot.
All three fighters mentioned, Bisping, McGregor and Thompson are managed by the same man – Audie Attar.
Woodley actually tweeted this list in response to an article published today by BJPenn.com which was based around an interview with Thompson. In that piece ‘Wonderboy’ is quoted as saying that Bisping and Woodley were just “joking around” in the now famous video, something he claims to know thanks to Attar.
“Well you know I kind of got the vibe that they were just joking around but you never know,” said the talented karateka. “Especially nowadays you see these super fights going on in different weight classes. But I kind of knew that they were just joking around. Bisping’s manager is also my manager as well. So we kind of had the inside scoop as to what was really going on. But with that said, as soon as we saw (the video) we quickly followed up with my manager and were like ‘hey man what is going on?’ and he told us not to worry because nothing is actually going to happen with that.
In line with Helwani’s previous claims, Thompson added that he is targeting a rematch with Woodley at UFC 209.
If Woodley and Bisping were merely having some fun in that video though, the welterweight king is committing to the ruse wholeheartedly.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 7, 2017