MMA - Feb 27, 2017

UFC 209 Promises a Sizzling Slugfest from Vegas

Watch it live on Sportsnet Pay Per View on March 4

When Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) and Stephen Thompson (13-1-1) went to war at UFC 205 last November, one MMA observer called it one of the best fights of all time. Woodley retained his UFC® welterweight title that night when he fought to a five-round majority draw with the man they call “Wonderboy.” The same two fighters will renew hostilities on Saturday, March 4, with the welterweight championship once again on the line in the main event of UFC 209 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Joining the Woodley-Thompson rematch at the top of the night’s seven-fight card is the much-anticipated co-main event lightweight title bout between Russian powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0-0) and Tony Ferguson (23-3-0).

Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, the 34-year-old Woodley captured the welterweight title with a first-round TKO of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 last July. Since making his UFC debut in 2013, four of Woodley’s six wins have been first-round finishes. Thompson, 34, is a five-time world champion kickboxer and owns a perfect 57-0 kickboxing record with more than 40 KOs and 16 amateur kickboxing titles to his credit.

With current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor taking time off for family reasons, the winner of the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson fight will become the UFC’s interim lightweight title holder. Nurmagomedov’s unblemished record includes eight consecutive wins since joining UFC in 2012, while Ferguson also comes into the night on a run of his own, having won nine straight fights. It is also expected the winner of this fight will face McGregor in the fall for the championship.

The hard-hitting night of action will also feature a heavyweight tilt between England’s Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (41-15-0) and Mark Hunt (12-11-1), the “Super Samoan” from New Zealand. The 36-year-old Overeem is as experienced as they come in UFC and holds the lofty distinction of being the last fighter to defeat the legendary Brock Lesnar with a first-round TKO at UFC 141 in December 2011.

That bout will be followed by a featherweight slugfest featuring Darren “The Damage” Elkins (22-5-0) and undefeated Mirsad Bektic (11-0-0) from Bosnia.

See UFC 209 live from Las Vegas on Saturday, March 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET (pre-show) and 10 p.m. ET (event start) on SportsnetTM Pay Per View on Channel 348 (HD) for $59.99 or on Channel 350 (SD) for $54.99 (in Hamilton on Channel 291 in HD or Channel 287 in SD). Ontario customers can also watch the event in French on Channel 349 (HD) and Channel 351 (SD) for $54.99. A French version is also available in New Brunswick on Channel 696 (SD) for $49.99.

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