Current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is set to have his first title defense against no. 1 contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson at UFC 205. In recent UFC 205 news, Woodley initially wanted to fight bigger names in the division in the likes of Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre after a convincing knockout win over Robbie Lawler but UFC boss Dana White had already scheduled the champ against Wonderboy.
Woodley said that he wanted money fights so he insisted a Nick Diaz or a Georges St-Pierre fight. However, looks like the odds are not too kind on Woodley as he opens up as the underdog on his first title defense.
According to Fox Sports, popular sportsbook Bovada has already started laying down odds on the fights at UFC 205. The initial results came in and they’ve set Woodley as a +150 underdog against Wonderboy’s -185.
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“Tyron Woodley is a deserving and dangerous champion, having knocked out Robbie Lawler to claim the welterweight crown, but he may have his hands full in Stephen Thompson. Thompson has proven himself as the best striker at 170 pounds,” MMA Oddsbreakers Nick Kalikas said. “Woodley has explosive power and is an excellent wrestler, but he’s had major difficulty against technical strikers with excellent takedown defense like Rory MacDonald. ”
“Thompson uses distance expertly and recently proved he can push a solid pace for five rounds with his last win,” he added.
It was between Anderson Silva against then middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman at UFC 168 where a champion was last named as the underdog.
Meanwhile, after Wonderboy’s claim that Woodley kept ducking him prior to the agreed title fight, Woodley addressed the issue by saying ‘I don’t really respect him as a man’.
“The thing that motivates me about this fight is Wonderboy I respect him as an opponent, but I really don’t respect him as a man. He knows that we committed to this fight almost six weeks ago and for him to charade around like I’m scared to fight him, retweeting and liking all these posts. For someone to desperately need that affirmation from the fans and for people to like him, like I can’t respect that,” Woodley said in an interview posted in MMA Mania.
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