Tyron Woodley insists he’s not looking past his rematch with Stephen Thompson next weekend at UFC 209, but the welterweight champ says he’s not worried about what the vaunted striker will bring on March 4th.
Woodley and Thompson fought to a majority draw back in November, and afterwards, the latter immediately called for a rematch. Woodley, however, campaigned for bouts with Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping, before agreeing to face Thompson again.
Since their first encounter, Woodley has repeatedly stated that he believes he won the fight. One judge, also agreed with that assessment. During a recent media call to promote UFC 209, Woodley was asked what he’s concerned about, in terms of adjustments Thompson could make (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m not concerned about anything,” Woodley said. “What did he do in that last fight that should make me concerned? I’m not the one who got knocked down four times in one round, nearly submitted, completely dominated in that first round. I’m going to make an adjustment because I’m a martial artist, and I’m a perfectionist, and I’m a hard worker. But it’s nothing he did in the fight, and there’s nothing he could have done in the training camp that’s going to make him that much different of a fighter…”
There you have it. Woodley went on to say that he’s not taking anything for “granted”, before adding that he feels “so much better” than the first time he faced Thompson.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how the rematch unfolds. You have to wonder, will Woodley turn to his wrestling more this time around?
UFC 209 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.