Woodley vs. Thompson 2: Odds, Tickets, Predictions After UFC 209 Weigh-in

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There’s no beating around the bush discussing UFC 209. Friday was a very, very disappointing day for the promotion.

The cancellation of the co-main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson was devastating. Not only was it heartbreaking for the Russian—who who was having weight-cutting issues and had to pull out of the bout—and Ferguson, it was also for the fans who have been dying to see this fight happen.

This marks the third—yes third—time this fight has fallen apart, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Dana White and the UFC hierarchy just decided to never make this fight again.

After all, who could blame them?

While the interim-lightweight title fight is off the card, there is still the main event between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson for the welterweight title. As annoyed and depressed as we all are about the co-main event, it’s important to remember that the sun will rise Saturday, there will still be fights and there will still be a great headlining bout regardless of what else happens in the other fights.

Thompson, coming in as the No. 1 contender, is entering Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas as the favorite to win at -140, according to OddsShark. The champion, Woodley, is the underdog at +120. While it may seem surprising that the welterweight champion is the slight underdog, the odds were worse for him.

Just a day ago, Thompson was favored at -160, and Woodley was sitting at +130. It’s not a drastic shift by any means, but maybe Woodley…