At 42 and the oldest heavyweight in the UFC, the eighth-ranked Hunt had found his elbows actually doing more to stun the third-ranked Overeem over the first two rounds.
Nurmagomedov was heavily favored coming into the fight as he remains undefeated in his 32 fights both in the MMA and the UFC.
It was Woodley who retained the UFC Welterweight Title via a majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47). The second period featured a right hand from Woodley that nicked Thompson under an eye, but little else that made scoring a sure thing. The judges scored it 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 for the champion, who hasn't lost in five fights. Woodley attempted as best as he could to reach Thompson's chin by slinging wild right hands, once of which put his foe on the canvas late in the period.
"You're the one that's out there, of course the crowd and everyone that's watching, they're not the ones in the Octagon getting punched in the face", Thompson said.
In the first match-up between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and number one contender Steven "Wonderboy Thompson" it was pretty much a feeling out process with a couple of highlighted big moments. "I actually expanded on some things that I did really well in the last fight, do more of it".
"I had to play it smart", Thompson added.More news: Bone bruise, MCL sprain to keep Kevin Durant out indefinitely
And it looked worse when Woodley and Thompson failed to deliver a satisfying main event. I wish I woulda did that a few other rounds.
Promoted to the main card on the eve of the fight, after originally scheduled co-headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced from his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson, strawweight Cynthia Calvillo made good on her UFC debut, needing less than a round to finish Amanda Cooper. "Wonderboy is the best striker I've seen in my life". Each fighter waited for the other to engage to open up counter-strike opportunities.
David Teymur of Sweden defeated Lando Vannata of the USA by a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
In an entertaining striking display, Teymur earned the unanimous decision by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
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"It means the world to me to fight someone like Rashad Evans", commented Kelly.
Alistair Overeem got back into the heavyweight mix with a third round KO over Mark Hunt. Overeem, a former UFC title contender will be looking to earn another title shot by defeating the risky Hunt. These changes to the weight classes would create more champions and more of a chance for more stars in the organization, something they need badly.