Thompson Challenges Woodley to Sign for Rematch

Ever since the welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson ended in a draw at UFC 205, a rematch has been on the horizon. Now Thompson appears to be growing restless, as he posted proof that he has been offered the fight and challenged Woodley to sign up.

On Sunday night, "Wonderboy" took to Twitter and posted a photograph of a signed bout agreement for a fight with Woodley at UFC 209 in March.

"Waiting on you," he told Woodley.

The champion responded by trying to bait Thompson into a childish punchline, but things started to heat up from there. Woodley, who believes he won the first fight between the two, told Thompson that he was "entitled" and as champion he feels no need to give him another shot.

Thompson responded by reminding Woodley that the fight was in fact ruled a draw, and that a real champion would want to settle the unfinished business after such a close fight.

Woodley went as far as to tell Thompson that he may choose to face other top welterweight contender Demian Maia instead:

If this seems like a repeat of the buildup to the first fight, that’s because it is. After winning the welterweight title in July, Woodley called for "money fights" with Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz rather than accept Thompson as the top contender.

Now, Woodley has again been lobbying for unconventional matchups against middleweight champion Michael Bisping and current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Thompson again accuses Woodley of being scared to fight him…and it is likely that the matchup between the two will be announced in the coming weeks. UFC 209 is less than two months away and needs a main event title fight. With Woodley’s super fights unrealistic, he will likely have no choice but to fight Thompson.

When the two faced off at UFC 205 in New York City, Woodley won two of the five rounds convincingly, controlling Thompson on the mat in round one and brutalizing him in round four after hurting him with an overhand right. The other three rounds, though close, were mostly controlled by Thompson. Two judges had Woodley winning only two rounds but awarded him a 10-8 for one of his dominant rounds, resulting in the fight being scored a draw.

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