Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has said he scored UFC 209’s main event in favour of Stephen Thompson despite Tyron Woodley’s majority decision victory in the welterweight title bout.
Speaking to the media after Saturday’s result at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, White admitted he thought Thompson’s performance might have seen him steal the title from Woodley in his second title challenge against the reigning champion:
“I had it three (rounds) to two the other way. I thought that ‘Wonderboy’ won three to two. One of the judges scored the last round 10-8, so that obviously throws (the scoring).”
Woodley and Thompson met in a rematch after their meeting at UFC 205 in November was scored as a majority draw, and Woodley looked to have enforced himself enough over his opponent to keep his belt.
White’s comments may now encourage some to push for a third bout between the pair, although it seems likely Woodley will move onto other foes with the welterweight title in tow.