Tyron Woodley isn’t giving up the welterweight belt anytime soon.
After The Chosen One secured the strap with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler in July, the 34-year-old defended his status as the class of the division with a majority-draw win over Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Saturday night.
The official scores from the judges were 47-47, 47-47, 48-47 for Woodley, which is an accurate depiction of how close the fight was.
Per Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting, there was some confusion about the result from ring announcer Bruce Buffer:
Thanks to his victory at Madison Square Garden in New York, Woodley has won four straight UFC fights, dating back to August 2014.
Woodley came close to finishing the bout in the fourth round with a guillotine choke, squeezing it tightly before Thompson stayed alive to bring the pressure in the fifth round. He had a terrific striking barrage early in the same round that helped set up his submission attempt, as the UFC on Twitter showed: