Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson has released a statement after falling short for a second time against UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
The UFC 209 main event was a huge let down for many as Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley failed to excite during their five round title bout in Las Vegas.
Having received fight of the night bonuses for an enthralling encounter at UFC 205, Woodley and Wonderboy seemed to show each other far too much respect during their rematch with both fighters spending the majority of the bout waiting for opportunities to counter strike.
In fact, there was such little action in the bout that the crowd frequently began to jeer the scenes they were witnessing and on multiple occasions, groups were clearly heard chanting ‘fight! fight! fight!’ in an attempt to get Wonderboy and Woodley to engage.
However, both contestants seemed to ignore the audience and it wasn’t until the final thirty seconds of the bout that any real action was seen as the champion dropped Thompson to the canvas on two occasions.
Although the majority of fans seemed to think that Wonderboy had still won the contest taking rounds one, two and four, the judges saw the main event differently and Woodley won via majority decision.
Having now fallen short against the reigning champion on two occasions, Wonderboy released a statement to Fox Sports on Sunday, stating that although he is unhappy with the fight, he is sure that he will cross paths with Woodley again in the future.
“Last night was not the outcome I wanted. I wanted that title more than anything, but it didn’t go my way,” Thompson said. “Tyron is a great fighter, a deserving champion, and a worthy opponent.
“We’ll fight again, I know it.”
“In the meantime, I’m gonna go home and see my dogs, hang out with my family, and just appreciate the fact that I get to do what I do for a living. I am blessed by everyone’s support and love and hope that every time I step on that canvas that love is repaid.”
“I welcome the next challenge with open arms and a full heart.”