Currently ranked #4, Stephen Thompson is one of the best welterweight contenders in the UFC. Now, he will fight the #2 ranked welterweight, Gilbert Burns, at UFC 264. Ahead of this intriguing clash, let's take a look at 5 interesting facts you need to know about Stephen Thompson.
Stephen Thompson started his combat sports career in kickboxing. Moreover, he was undefeated through 37 amateur and 20 professional kickboxing matches.
Thompson has trained with the former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and currently trains with the former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.
Thompson’s brother, Tony Thompson, is married to the former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s sister.
When Thompson was 15, he defeated an undefeated fighter who was 26-year-old. The announcer asked Thompson's opponent how it felt, his opponent said - "I wonder why I stepped in the ring with that boy". Then the announcer connected the two and coined his nickname.
Thompson holds multiple amateur kickboxing titles, such as the 1999 I.S.K.A Georgia State Middleweight Amateur Champion, 2000 P.K.C National Light Middleweight Amateur Champion, 2005 W.A.K.O Cruiserweight World Champion, and many more.