On New Year's Day of 2011, at an event ironically called "UFC 125: Resolution," the main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard led to the ultra-rare modern outcome of a title fight draw. Without any actual resolution, a rematch was required. The incumbent champion Edgar would win by TKO and finally move on to face new contenders.
But that would not be the last time a UFC title fight ended without a winner. It's just coincidence, but it certainly seems fitting. Just days after the now infamous Oscar Best Picture decision mixup, the closest decision in welterweight title history that led to its own bungled decision announcement will (hopefully) see a final resolution at UFC 209. Woodley vs. Wonderboy II is already a compelling matchup for a variety of reasons, and that was before Georges St-Pierre's announced return to the UFC. Now the first pay-per-view main event from Las Vegas in 2017 will be must-see fight TV. Resolution, an undisputed king of the welterweights and the opportunity for fresh faces in the title picture are all at stake.
Plus, thanks to Conor McGregor's continual division swapping, another interim belt is at stake while McGregor negotiates his next move. Enter the No. 1 and 2 contenders in the lightweight division to compete for the title, adding a second championship bout for UFC 209's card.