Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Round 5: Maia attempts a pair of takedowns in the first minute, and neither come close to landing. Woodley connects with an outside left hook, but it’s another one-and-done shot. Another takedown attempt and Woodley shakes it off without issue. The crowd is chanting “boring” over and over. Nothing is happening. Woodley is just shaking off the weak takedown attempts and isn’t throwing. A minute to go. Maia tries to swing for the fences in the final seconds, just missing with a massive left hand and a massive right hand. The fight comes to an end.
Round 4: Maia gets Woodley against the fence and tries for a single leg takedown, but he doesn’t get it. Maia hasn’t come close to actually getting a takedown in this fight. He is doing nothing but throwing the left straight and attempting a takedown. Woodley connects with a right straight. Maia attempts another takedown, and fails. Maia connects with an inside leg kick. This is a weird fight because Maia is pressing the action and Woodley isn’t throwing much at all. Maia certainly isn’t winning a “fight” by any means, but Woodley isn’t exactly making a big statement the latter three rounds. Woodley tags Maia with an overhand right near the fence, but doesn’t follow-up on it.
Round 3: Nothing of significance lands in the opening minutes. Woodley is trying to work a one-two combo, but Maia is getting out of the way for the most part. Woodley does connect with a right straight. Woodley is spending much of this round backing up. The crowd is booing, but neither fighter cares. There is plenty of fight left. Maia keeps throwing the left overhand straight, but he can’t land it. It’s surprising that Maia isn’t throwing any big kicks, high or low. The round comes to an end.
Round 2: Woodley sneaks a right straight through Maia’s guard and it lands flush. It staggers Maia briefly. Big inside leg kick from Woodley….