Stephen Thompson Left Empty-Handed with No Show Money for Canceled UFC 291 Bout

Thompson misses out on show money despite fulfilling weight obligations at UFC 291.

Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson - Image credit @wonderboymma Instagram

It seems that Stephen Thompson did not receive his promised show money despite successfully making weight for his UFC 291 bout against Michel Pereira.

Fans were eagerly looking forward to the welterweight clash between Thompson and Pereira, as both fighters came into the event with impressive records. Pereira, on a five-fight win streak, was set to face Thompson, who had secured a victory against Kevin Holland in his last fight.

However, things took a disappointing turn when Pereira failed to make weight, coming in three pounds over the limit. After extensive discussions, it was announced that the fight between Thompson and Pereira had been canceled from the card.

Stephen Thompson left Salt Lake City without his contracted earnings

Despite successfully making weight ahead of his bout with Michel Pereira, the UFC did not compensate the former title challenger after the welterweight fight was scrapped from the card.

Stephen Thompson, a highly respected fighter both inside and outside the UFC, made his debut with the promotion back in 2012 and later challenged Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title twice.

While the 40-year-old has faced challenges in securing consecutive wins after those title attempts, he remains a prominent figure in the welterweight division, known for his unique fighting style.

As of now, it’s uncertain whether “Wonderboy” or the UFC will address the issue of his show money not being received. Also, there’s no information on whether the Thompson vs. Pereira matchup will be rescheduled for a future event.

Published on July 30, 2023 at 11:55 am
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