The UFC 209 fight card has been finalized just two weeks away from the star-studded event. Here’s how the full event stacks up.
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Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson 2 -- UFC 209 main card, Live on PPV (10PM/7PM ETPT)
Top welterweights Tyron Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson run back their epic title fight from UFC 205 in the main event of UFC 209 from Las Vegas.
The first bout between these two dynamic fighters was scored a majority draw, with Woodley retaining his belt at the end of the night. But the only way to truly determine the better fighter is for Woodley and Thompson to go at it at least one more time with UFC gold on the line.
If this fight is as close and entertaining as the first go around, fans surely won’t be complaining.
Lando Vannata vs. David Teymur
Lando Vannata made a name for himself by nearly pulling off an incredible upset over lightweight star Tony Ferguson. Vannata lost that fight but returned five months later KO veteran John Makdessi and prove yet again he belongs in the big leagues of fighting.
Vannata gets a fellow prospect this time around in David Teymur, an “Ultimate Fighter” alum who has finished both his fights inside the Octagon.
Despite the big names at UFC 209, this bout between two of the lightweight division’s best up-and-coming fighters could steal the show.
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Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Kelly
Veteran Rashad Evans makes his UFC middleweight debut on the UFC 209 main card against former Olympic judoka Daniel Kelly.
Evans is long removed from his time as light heavyweight champion and hasn’t won a fight since 2013, so he’s trying his hand at 185-pounds and gets a tough challenge in his first fight. Kelly, 39, has been defying his lately, winning three straight fights over much younger competition to set up this match with the former champ Evans.
Kelly, a four-time Olympian, has only been training MMA for four years and has shown improvement every time he takes the Octagon. But at some point, Father Time catches everyone. Whether it’s Evans, 37, or Kelly on fight night remains to be seen.
Amanda Cooper vs. Cynthia Calvillo
“The Ultimate Fighter” season 23 finalist Amanda Coopers looks for her first UFC win against undefeated strawweight Cynthia Calvillo. This bout was originally featured on the UFC Fight Pass prelims but now will hold down a spot on the PPV main card.
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Alistair Overeem vs. Mark Hunt
Two legends of the sport, Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt, rematch in the first fight on the UFC 209 main card.
Overeem submitted Hunt under the PRIDE banner back in 2008 but the two heavyweights haven’t crossed paths again until now. The stakes in this fight couldn’t be higher as the winner could position themselves to fight for the heavyweight title later this year.
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Marcin Tybura vs. Luis Henrique -- FS1 Prelims (8PM/5PM ETPT)
Heavyweight grapplers Marcin Tybura and Luis Henrique collide in Vegas as both fighters looks to build on a successful 2016.
Tybura is coming off a second-round finish of Viktor Peta that helped him earn a Performance of the Night bonus while Henrique scored back-to-back submissions in impressive fashion.
Darren Elkins vs. Mirsad Bektic
A spot in the featherweight top 10 could be in the cards for the winner of the prelims scrap between 13th-ranked Mirsad Bektic and 14th-ranked Darren Elkins.
Elkins has won four of his last five while Bektic, winner of all four of his UFC fights, looks to push his professional record to 12-0.
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Luke Sanders vs. Iuri Alcantara
Following a first-round submission win in his UFC debut, Luke Sanders gets his first crack at the lightweight top 15 in veteran Iuri Alcantara.
Both fighters are coming off “Performance of the Night” bonus winning outings in their last bouts and look to ride that momentum at UFC 209.
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Mark Godbeer vs. Daniel Spitz
Mark Godbeer was scheduled for a big heavyweight clash with Todd Duffee but the knockout artist withdrew from the bout last minute. Godbeer will instead take on undefefeated UFC newcomer Daniel Spitz, who has four finishes in five professional wins.
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Tyson Pedro vs. Paul Craig -- UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:30PM/3:30PM ETPT)
Undefeated light heavyweights Tyson Pedro and Paul Craig look to start things off with a bang at UFC 209. Pedro and Craig both earned electric finishes in their UFC debuts, so expect these guys to deliver again.
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Albert Morales vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Albert Morales tries to bounce back from his first career loss against hard-hitting finisher Andre Soukhamthath to kick off the action at UFC 209.