Two-time UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson’s quest for a welterweight championship continues and he has a good idea what showdown can bring him back to the title race.
Thompson came back on losing streak when he collected despite a close decision loss to No. 2-ranked Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130. Thompson believes controversial decision naturally influenced by the hometown crowd.
Wonderboy suffered a knee injury midway through second round after Till landed a kick directly on his left knee and Thompson said he was not the same the rest of the fight.
In a recent interview on Slip n’ Dip podcast, Thompson discussed how he got an injury that resulted in tore MCL:(Via BloodyElbow)
“In the second round he was really focused on kicking me in the knee,” Thompson recalled (transcript via MMANYTT). “He ended up hitting me in the knee, hyper-extending my knee and I ended up tearing my MCL.”
“About ten years ago, I tore every ligament in my left leg and so after he hit it, I could feel some crunching going on so I backed up and I shook it off. I don’t think I should’ve done that because I think he realized that he was hurting me so he kept going for it.”
Now the dust has settled, Wonderboy very interested in a matchup with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in Madison Square Garden this November.
“I got fans all the time asking me ‘why don’t you fight Robbie Lawler?’ I think, I got a lot of respect for him and it would be a barnburner,” Thompson said. “He just stands there and wants to bang it out. I love fighting guys like that — without getting hit in the knee of course.”
“Hopefully we can get that shot at MSG, that would be sick.”
Lawler last fought in December 2017, when he came up short against Rafael dos Anjos over five-rounds.
Does a showdown between Wonderboy and Lawler interest you?