‘You Cannot Get a Title Shot’- Stephen Thompson Has a Message For Leon Edwards

Published 04/16/2021, 1:58 PM EDT


UFC welterweight veteran Stephen Thompson is busy preparing for his fight against Gilbert Burns. Both are expected to compete at UFC 264 on July 10, 2020.

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Recently he appeared for MMA fighting and shared his views on his upcoming fight against Burns, Jake, and Logan Paul boxing, and Leon Edwards.

He appeared to be critical of Edwards, who will face Nate Diaz in his upcoming fight at UFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler, after his last fight ended in a no contest.

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‘Wonderboy’ said Edwards doesn’t deserve a title shot soon as his last match ended with an ‘eye poke’. He said, “I mean you cannot get a title shot after an eye poke, you know what I am saying?”

He believes wild things are going on with Edwards, who didn’t fight in two years prior to the no-contest against Belal Muhammad at the UFC event in March. “Everything just going on with him is wild. He hadn’t fought in two years. He was supposed to fight Chimaev and then he backs out because of Covid or something,” he further said.

‘Wonderboy’ wanted to fight with Edwards, but he’s surprised that Diaz is now fighting with him. It’s also a surprise that Thompson hasn’t fought with the welterweight champ Kamaru Usman till now.

How has Stephen Thompson been performing lately?

Thompson is on a two-match winning streak. He last fought in December 2020 against Geoff Neal in the headliner at UFC Fight Night 183 and won the fight via unanimous decision after 5 rounds. He earned the Performance of the Night bonus for the fight. It was after one year that he had entered the octagon.

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Prior to that, he fought Vicente Luque at UFC 244 in November 2019. He won that match via unanimous decision after the third round. He received the performance of the Night award for his match.

His last loss came at the hands of the former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 6 in March 2019. It was a second-round knockout loss for him.

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‘Wonderboy’ is definitely looking confident going into his next fight. But it won’t be a straightforward task as it may seem. Gilbert Burns is going to come very hard at him. Who do you think will come out as the winner?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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