Alistair Overeem kicks Mark Hunt during a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 209, Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Woodley edges Thompson, keeps belt in dull fight at UFC 209

March 05, 2017 - 1:03 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyron Woodley retained his UFC welterweight title with a desultory majority decision over Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson in their rematch at UFC 209 on Saturday night.

Alistair Overeem also stopped Mark Hunt in the third round of an entertaining heavyweight bout at T-Mobile Arena, and Rashad Evans debuted at middleweight with a split-decision upset loss to 39-year-old Australian judoka Daniel Kelly.

Until the final 30 seconds of their five-round bout, Woodley (17-3-1) and Thompson (13-2-1) failed to recapture the excitement of their memorable majority draw last November.

Woodley put on a cautious, tactical fight until he caught Thompson with a right hand late, landing several big shots on the ground. Thompson made it to the bell, but two judges scored the bout 48-47 for Woodley, with a third seeing it 47-47.

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