Stephen Thompson will get his second crack at UFC gold this Saturday in the main event of UFC 209 in Las Vegas when he squares off with Tyron Woodley for the second time in less than five months.
“Wonderboy” and “The Chosen One” battled to a majority draw in the co-main event of UFC 205 this past November in New York and following their “fight of the night” war an immediate rematch was set by UFC officials.
Prior to his highly anticipated rematch with “T-Wood” next weekend in Las Vegas, “Wonderboy” sat down with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor last week on Rapid Fire where he discussed a number of different topics.
Taylor asked Thompson to comment on Tyron Woodley’s recent statement where he claimed to be “by far the worst treated champion in UFC history“. Thompson had the following to say on the matter.
“I don’t think so at all. The guy hasn’t been champion long enough I don’t think. Not for him to say that at least. I mean he won the title. He hasn’t really defended it yet. That’s why we are going round two. So I just don’t see where he has been treated badly. You know that is just my opinion. I don’t see the negotiations he goes through with the UFC. But I think he is treated like every other champion. Well, of course not like Conor McGregor,” he said laughing “But nobody else is treated that way (like Conor) you know what I mean.”
UFC President Dana White recently stated that Tyron Woodley was “a bit of a drama queen” spawning from “T-Wood’s” recent race-related comments. Taylor asked “Wonderboy” if he felt that UFC President Dana White’s comments were warranted.
“I just don’t see where he is coming from with how he is treated bad. I know the whole race thing came up but my job is not to sit here and talk about that part. You know I am just focused on the fight to be honest with you. I know I have to step foot in the octagon with that guy (Woodley). If he is focused on other things, then that is going to be his downfall. I just hope that he is focused on the fight and not everything else that goes along with it you know? Because I want to fight the best Tyron Woodley. That is why I am in the game. To fight the best of the best. So yea I just hope his mind is focused on the fight and not all these other things surrounding it.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com February 26/2017