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Dana White: ‘If You’re Not Conor McGregor, Shut Up and Fight’ (video)

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You want your money fight? Earn your money fight.

If you’re not Conor McGregor, you best be quiet about the elusive “money fight.” If you’re a champion, if your fights sell, you get cut in on the pay-per-view, but if not, just “shut up and fight.” At least that’s how UFC president Dana White sees it.

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Alistair Overeem Was Sick Before Mark Hunt Fight (UFC 209 Video)

UFC president Dana White made a surprise appearance at the UFC 209 post-fight press conference and announced that Alistair Overeem was extremely sick before his fight with Mark Hunt. Despite his illness, Overeem apparently broke Hunt’s leg en route to knocking him out.

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UFC 209 Main Event Scorecard: Did You Agree with the Judges?

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson‘s first fight ended in a draw. They rematched at UFC 209 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. While the fight didn’t end in a draw this time, it went all five rounds with Woodley earning the nod from two judges and the third calling it a draw. 

Did you agree with the judges or would you have scored it differently? Click here to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Mark Hunt Reports Broken Leg at UFC 209

Mark Hunt, following a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on Saturday night, reported that he has a broken leg.

It’s unclear when the injury occurred, but there was a point early in the first round when Hunt threw a low kick that Overeem checked. The check opened a gash on Hunt’s shin. It’s possible the injury could have happened at that point, but Hunt did not clarify when the injury occurred, just that he had broken his tibia, which is also known as the shinbone.

Overeem knocked Hunt out with a knee to the face, early in the third round.

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Co-Main Event Takes Home Fight of the Night (UFC 209 Bonuses)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the fighter bonuses stemming from the UFC 209 pay-per-view event following Saturday’s event in Las Vegas. Darren Elkins, Iuri Alcantara, David Teymur, and Lando VaDavid Teymurnnata were awarded the $50,000 performance-based incentives.

Fight of the Night honors went to the co-main event fighters, lightweights Teymur and Vannata.  The two put on an incredible striking display and showed their durability in the back-and-forth battle.  The judges scored the fight for Teymur by unanimous decision with all three judges scorecards showing 30-27, but the scorecards didn’t reflect how close of a fight that it was.     

RELATED > UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 Live Results and Fight Stats

Elkins took home a Performance of the Night bonus for his third-round finish of Mirsad Bektic.  Elkins took damage in the fight.  He was bloodied when he landed a right hand followed by a head kick to finish Bektic late in the fight.  The combination banked him a bonus. 

Alcantara earned the second Performance of the Night award for his come from behind win over Luke Sanders on the preliminary fight card.  Alcantara was in a bad spot, on his back with Sanders landing shots.  He spun and isolated a leg and finished the fight with a kneebar. 

UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 featured 11 fights.  Five fights went the distance, four ended in knockouts, and  two were submission finishes. 

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Tyron Woodley Edges Stephen Thompson (UFC 209 Highlights)

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Check out the fight highlights from the UFC 209 main event on Saturday in Las Vegas between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson.

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UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 Post-Fight Press Conference Replay

Several featured fighters from Saturday’s UFC 209 fight card and company president Dana White fielded questions from the media following the event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Hear what they had to say about their bouts.

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UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 Gate and Attendance From Las Vegas

UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 landed in Las Vegas on Saturday night, albeit minus one of the card’s most notable fights, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson.

UFC 209 wasn’t a sellout, but it drew 13,150 fans to T-Mobile Arena, producing a live gate of $2,385,230. Those aren’t blockbuster numbers for a Las Vegas-based UFC pay-per-view card, but it’s nothing to shrug off, either.

RELATED > UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 Live Results and Fight Stats

Tyron Woodley UFC 209 Media Day ScrumIn the night’s main event, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley got a majority, albeit controversial, nod over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in a rematch of their UF 205 majority draw. 

It was another close fight that had UFC president Dana White saying that he scored it three rounds to two in favor of Thompson. White’s, however, isn’t the scorecard that counts. The Nevada Athletic Commission appointed judges had two scorecards 48-47 in favor of Woodley and the third a 47-47 draw.

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Tyron Woodley Narrowly Defeats Stephen Thompson (UFC 209 Results)

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson first fought at UFC 205 in November to a majority draw. The bout earned Fight of the Night honors in the historic first event in New York City. The two met for the second time on Saturday in the UFC 209 main event in Las Vegas.

The rematch was largely a battle of patience. Each fighter waited for the other to engage to open up counter-strike opportunities. There was a lot of footwork and feints, but not a lot of striking in the first two rounds. Through ten minutes of fighting, only six significant strikes had landed.Tyron Woodley UFC 209

Woodley scored a takedown in the opening moments of the third frame. He trapped Thompson’s right arm behind his back and delivered left hands to the body and head. 90 seconds later, Thompson worked his way back to his feet. Thompson targeted Woodley’s body in the second half of the round and finished the frame strong.

The fourth round saw little output by either fighter. It mirrored the first two frames. Heading into the final round, it was hard to say who was up on the scorecards.

RELATED > UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2 Live Results and Fight Stats

Woodley came out aggressive in the final frame. He pressured Thompson and nearly finished the fight in the closing minute. The champion dropped Thompson with a combination. Thompson quickly got back to his feet only to be sent back down by a left hand. Woodley followed the challenger to the canvas, but was unable to put him away. The rematch went to a decision.

When the scorecards were being read by ring announcer Bruce Buffer, Woodley wasn’t sure what to expect them to read.  Ultimately he was scored the winner by majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47).

“I was extremely nervous,” he said about how he felt when the scores were being revealed.  “Stephen did a way better job of gauging the space and made it very hard for me to come in close.  The last round, we all know I went out there for the kill.  I wish that I had done that in a few other rounds, but it was a good fight.  I knew that it was close.  I was just praying and making sure that the belt stayed home.” 

Thompson disagreed with the decision and felt that he did enough to win the fight.   He was confident that he had won as the scores were being announced. 

“Tyron, he’s the champion for a reason.  I knew that he’d be looking for the takedown.  I had to play it smart.  I thought I had it,” he said following the loss.  “I thought I had it.  I thought I threw the better strikes, landed more of the strikes.  But you can’t leave it in the judges’ hands.”

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David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata (UFC 209 Fight of the Night Highlights)

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Watch the fight highlights from the lightweight bout between Lando Vannata and David Teymore that earned Fight of the Night at UFC 209 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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