The following are the quick results to Saturday’s UFC 209 event that took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. This card was originally co-headlined by Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson. As noted yesterday, the Khabib/Ferguson fight was scratched due to medical issues for Khabib.
UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Bouts:
Albert Morales def. Andre Soukhamthath by split decision in a bantamweight bout. This was close, with Soukhamthath holding to effective counterpunching in the first and Morales taking charge of the second round. Morales tried for a rear naked choke in the third, but just couldn’t get it locked in at the end.
Tyson Pedro def. Paul Craig by TKO in the first round of a light heavyweight bout. Pedro scored a straight right and some good knee and elbow shots.
FOXSports 1 Preliminary Bouts:
Mark Godbeer def. Daniel Spitz by unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout. These guys gassed early in this one. Spitz ate a lot of shots throughout the second, but because Godbeer was also tired he couldn’t really go all out. Spitz really didn’t get any offense going late, and Godbeer just couldn’t finish him.
Iuri Alcantara def. Luke Sanders by submission in the second round of a bantamweight bout. Alcantra got a knee bar hold in to get the win. Sanders at one point threw a blatantly illegal knee that caused the referee to momentarily stop the bout and deduct a point. Alcantara turned over a ground and pound into the submission.
Darren Elkins def. Mirsad Bektic by TKO in the third round of a featherweight bout. Elkins got this in “come from behind” fashion, throwing a punch followed with a head kick to score the knockout. Bektic worked the fight and controlled a lot of it, dominating the first and continuing into the second until Elkins scored the TKO.
Marcin Tybura def. Luis Henrique by TKO in the third round of a heavyweight bout. A slow and plodding fight where Henrique pushed Tybura to the cage until the referee would break them up and start things up again. The fight ended with Henrique trying to defend a ground and pound but eventually his defense went away and the fight was done.
UFC 209 Main Card, Aired Live on Pay Per View from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Alistair Overeem def. Mark Hunt by KO in the third round of a heavyweight bout. Cue the folks interested in seeing if Overeem tests positive and Hunt melts down again. That aside, this was a huge win for Overeem to keep himself around the title picture in the heavyweight class. A very disciplined and earned victory here, because Hunt does not go out easy. Overeem withstood his offense and rallied for the KO.
Cynthia Calvillo def. Amanda Cooper by submission in the first round of a strawweight bout. Calvillo is a young and developing fighter, so this is a tremendous victory for her. It’s far too early to say whether or not she will be the person to come in from the independent MMA scene (as Joe Rogan said) and challenge Joanna for the championship, but this was a good start to her run.
Daniel Kelly def. Rashad Evans by split decision in a middleweight bout. Evans still seemed to have his speed going for him, but for some reason it seemed like he didn’t have his killer instinct. Kelly is the kind of guy who Evans would have made quick work of in his past. One has to wonder if Evans is closing in on the end of his run. Kelly was resilient and held his own on his feet here and showed he can do more than wrestle. He deserves this win and should be commended, and I am thinking he will get another name fight in the future.
David Teymur def. Lando Vannata by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout. This was a good showing for Teymur, who rallied back after a slow start to the fight. Teymur definitely earned his win, and after the fight he asked Dana White for “50 G’s, baby” (presumably looking for a fight bonus). Vannata is still a strong prospect, even with the loss because this fight was closer than the judges’ scoring.
Tyron Woodley (c) def. Stephen Thompson by majority decision to retain the Welterweight Championship. An interesting, but poor, fight. I’m not sure how Woodley was able to pull off the victory here. I really felt like at best this was a draw, or a victory for Thompson. Woodley rallied at the end of the bout and nearly had Thompson out, so, perhaps that’s what the judges saw to award him the win. Not a good fight, especially when we all thought it would be something much better.
Woodley gets Jorge Masvidal next month, and I assume he wins that fight. From there, I would expect Woodley to face Demian Maia. I don’t know if there’s a reason to go back to Thompson for the trilogy fight right now. The card seemed to suffer for losing the Khabib/Ferguson bout and the prelim fights definitely seemed to deliver more than the main card did. Thanks for following along with the quick results for this show tonight.