Stephen Thompson is a former two-time UFC Welterweight division runner-up, a former W.A.K.O. Cruiserweight World Champion, and a former I.A.K.S.A Cruiserweight World Champion.
Stephen Randall Thompson
14 Wins // 2 Losses // 1 Draws
Stephen Thompson is currently 36 years old according to his date of birth February 11, 1983.
6 ft 0 in or 183 cm
170 lbs (77kg)
75 inches (191 cm)
Kempo, Kickboxing, BJJ
Team: Pitch Black MMA
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
Stephen Thompson is known for emphasizing the importance of wild training – he prefers to train a lot outdoors since he believes it is a better way to improve conditioning and clear his mind. He has one of the best kicks ever seen in Welterweight division and lightning-fast punches. His most dangerous weapons are right Brazilian kick to the head and spinning hook kick. He is a southpaw but he switches stances during the fight. His favorite punches are jabs and crosses.
Stephen Thompson is a very flexible fighter. Wonderboy is a real master of Tetsushin-ryū Kempo – a 6th dan black belt! He is also a black belt in American Kickboxing, 1st dan black belt in Jujutsu, and a brown belt in BJJ. He likes to keep the fight standing and execute long-range strikes. Thompson is also known for truly amazing calisthenics. He has never been knocked out in the octagon!
His right knee is a great weapon in the clinch. If he is forced to ground fighting, Stephen Thompson tries to utilize his good submission defense and stand up as soon as possible. He prefers punches over submission attempts. His takedown defense is good, but Wonderboy prefers defending it with explosive movements before the opponent even initiates a contact with his body.
Stephen Thompson – Record
Stephen Thompson came into the world of UFC as an undefeated kickboxer with the score of 57 victories and 0 losses.
His fight with Tyron Woodley at UFC 209 set one negative record – when it comes to UFC 201-300, it is on the second place of lowest pay-per-view buys for a championship main event – 250,000.
The Road To The Top
Stephen Thompson had his MMA debut versus Jeremy Joles at Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting on February 5, 2010. He won the fight via TKO after a brutal head kick and a barrage of punches.
Wonderboy earned the perfect score of 5-0 before joining UFC. He had one submission victory, two decision, and two TKO victories.
Stephen Thompson – UFC Career
Stephen Thompson had his UFC debut versus Dan Stittgen at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wonderboy knocked his opponent out via right Brazilian kick in the first round, earning his first Knockout Of The Night award.
His next opponent was Matt Brown at UFC 145 on April 21, 2012. Matt Brown won via unanimous decision.
Thompson defeated Nah-Shon Burrell at UFC 160 on May 25, 2013, via unanimous decision.
Wonderboy defeated Chris Clements at UFC 165 on September 21, 2013, via tremendous right cross KO in the second round.
Stephen Thompson earned one more victory versus Robert Whittaker via first-round TKO at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014. He also earned his first Performance Of The Night award.
Patrick Cote was a decent opponent at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014, but Wonderboy earned one more unanimous decision victory.
Stephen Thompson demonstrated how attractive and powerful his kicks are in the fight versus Jake Ellenberger at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale on July 12, 2015, in his first main event of the evening. Wonderboy delivered an attractive spinning hook kick at the end of the first round which put Ellenberger to sleep. He also earned his second Performance Of The Night award.
Stephen Thompson Vs Johny Hendricks
The two faced at UFC Fight Night 82, on February 6, 2016, in the main event of the evening. According to bookmakers, both fighters had even chances of winning the fight, and the underdog was not an option even in the craziest dreams! But Wonderboy made sure that Johnny Hendricks looks like a fighter from the smallest promotion. Yes, Thompson was more than superior!
After a left spinning back kick to the body, Hendricks was rocked and Stephen Thompson delivered two straight punches to his face. While forcing him against the fence, Thompson delivered few more right punches before the referee stopped the fight, and earned one more victory and his third Performance Of The Night award.
Rory MacDonald was his opponent at UFC Fight Night 89 on June 18, 2016. After five rounds of war, Thompson won via unanimous decision.
Stephen Thompson Vs Tyron Woodley – Two Unsuccessful Title Shots
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson faced for the first time at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, in New York City, New York. In a very close fight, two judges scored as a draw, 47-47, while the third said Tyron Woodley won with the score of 48-47. The result was announced as a split decision victory for Woodley but it was corrected to a majority draw seconds later. Both fighters earned Fight Of The Night bonuses, and their title rematch was set for UFC 209.
At UFC 209, on March 4, 2017, the same fighters faced in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the main event of the evening. Surprisingly, Tyron Woodley won the fight via majority decision, despite it was pretty much even all the time. However, from 19 media pundits that were scoring the fight, eight scored it as a draw, five in favor of Tyron Woodley, and six in favor of Stephen Thompson.
Stephen Thompson defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on November 4, 2017, via unanimous decision.
Stephen Thompson – Next Fight
Stephen Thompson – Modeling
Stephen Thompson signed a contract with the famous company IMG Models. He has already posed for CR Men’s Book issue 4. Despite his UFC career is a threat to his face, Wonderboy is not worried at all.
Stephen Thompson is not married. He started training Kempo when he was only 3 years old! Chris Weidman, a former UFC Middleweight champion, is his brother-in-law.
Stephen Thompson – Social Media Links
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/wonderboymma/?hl=en
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wonderboymma?lang=en
Official Website – https://stephenthompsonofficial.com/
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