The UFC just can’t catch a break these days.
After Khabib Nurmagomedov’s hospitalization forced the cancellation of the interim lightweight championship fight, Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson delivered a snoozefest in the welterweight title fight to cap off what have been consecutive dismal pay-per-view cards for the UFC.
Woodley and Thompson danced around the octagon for nearly 25 minutes without providing any significant highlight reel moments, which were commonplace the first time the two combatants met in November. The crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas booed toward the end of nearly round, and with good reason. It wasn’t until the final 30 seconds of the fight that Woodley woke up the crowd with a knockdown and several combinations that likely swayed the decision to his side as he defended the welterweight belt via majority decision.
And so it goes for the UFC. It’s just the latest string of bad luck for the promotion.
UFC 208 was a disappointment, as well. Nine of the 10 fights on the card in Brooklyn went to decision, and the main event was marred with controversy when Germaine de Randamie landed strikes following the end of two separate rounds against Holly Holm in the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight bout.
Prior to that, fans likely saw the end of a legendary career at UFC 207 when Ronda Rousey pooped the bed in another quick and disappointing loss. Who knows if she’ll ever fight again?
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor still is in the middle of his hiatus, and his next fight might be in the boxing ring — not in the octagon.
And on top of that, Jon Jones still is suspended, Brock Lesnar just retired, and although Georges St-Pierre is making a comeback, he hasn’t fought in nearly four years and is 35 years old.
An exciting win for the undefeated Khabib could’ve set up a showdown with McGregor down the road. Another exciting fight between Wonderboy and Woodley could’ve had fans pumped for a trilogy fight between the two.
Instead, Dana White likely has steam coming out of his ears after another stinker of a pay-per-view card.
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