Woodley and Thompson faced off in the main event of UFC 209 earlier this month, and the latter wound up losing the fight via majority decision. Unlike their first back in November, which was declared a majority draw, the rematch featured very few, memorable exchanges. Woodley did rock Thompson late in the bout, and he scored a takedown earlier on, but for the most part, the champion looked to counter strike. That didn’t lead to much, however, since Thompson was also hesitant to fire.
Well, since the disappointing bout went down, Woodley’s evidently been taking some heat. During a recent edition of “The MMA Hour’, the powerful fighter had this to say about folks who’ve been calling him a boring fighter (quote via MMA Fighting):
“People can say, ‘Oh, he’s a boring fighter,’” Woodley said. “How many guys have I knocked out? Think about the Carlos Condit fight, the Dong Hyun Kim fight, the Robbie Lawler fight, the Jay Hieron fight, the Josh Koscheck fight. Even the last fight with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Everything that people said about me, I’ve proven wrong. But nobody has that long-term memory. Everybody is like Dory from ‘Finding Nemo.’”
Now, most people probably wouldn’t cite the Condit win as one of Woodley’s most emphatic victories, since the contender injured his knee in the fight and it was stopped. But, there’s no question that Woodley has taken out quite a few opponents with his ridiculously, heavy hands.
Woodley went on to admit that he “could have forced more interactions” in his rematch with Thompson, which, is also true. When Woodley did take it up a notch in that fight, in terms of aggression, he did rack up points. So, it will be interesting to see if he’s more offensive in his next bout. Here’s hoping he is.