5 Craziest Knockouts by ‘Wonderboy’ Stephen Thompson

Published 07/03/2021, 12:59 PM EDT
FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – MARCH 22: Stephen Thompson poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Hilton Franklin Cool Springs on March 22, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Stephen Thompson is currently #4 in the welterweight roster of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has a record of (16-4) in his professional MMA career. ‘Wonderboy’ has been a part of many exciting fights in the UFC over the years. He holds a record of seven T/KO wins and one submission win under his name.

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Currently, on a two-win streak, ‘Wonderboy’ will clash against the Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. This match is a co-main event at UFC 264 which is headlined by the most anticipated trilogy of the UFC Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3.

Ahead of his big match at UFC 264, we look at Stephen Thompson’s top five craziest finishes inside the octagon.

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Stephen Thompson vs Dan Stittgen

The American native is a former kickboxer and has been training kickboxing since he was a 3-year-old kid. The latter entered the promotion in the year 2012 and faced Dan Stittgen in a welterweight bout at UFC 143.

It was a debut match for both the 170lbs fighters. Thompson opened up with his high-volume kicks and punches. Stittgen could not retaliate the hard strikes. With his impressive kickboxing skills, Thompson landed a vicious right high kick to Stittgen’s jaw in the first round of the fight. Stittgen fell to the ground unconscious, and the match officially ended at 4:13 of the first round.

Wonderboy vs Chris Clements

The 38-year-old faced his first UFC loss against Matt Brown at UFC 145. However, Thompson quickly improved his wrestling skills for his next match against Nah-Shon Burrell and proved his haters wrong by defeating the latter at UFC 160 via majority decision.

Coming off a win against Burrell, Thompson went to war against the Canadian fighter Chris Clements in a three-round scrap at UFC 165. Thompson landed a straight right hand followed by a combination of vicious punches and knocked out Clements in the second round of the fight.

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Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs Robert Whittaker

Thompson was at the peak of his career with a 20-0 record in kickboxing. He was on a two-win streak in UFC when he faced Robert Whittaker at UFC 170. Meanwhile, Whittaker was coming off a loss and was looking to prove his position on the welterweight roster.

Whittaker did it all to withstand the heavy strikes landed by Thompson. However, he could not handle the aggression of the American fighter. Thompson finished Whittaker by a heavy jab to the head, followed by vicious punches in the first round of the bout.

First-Round Knockout by the American Native

Wonderboy was on the American Top Team in The Ultimate Fighter 21 series on July 12, 2015. Thompson was on an amazing four-win streak when he squared off against Ellenberger in the series finale. The American native pulled off one of his best performances in the fight in his UFC career.

Ellenberger almost knocked out Thompson in the opening exchanges. However, Thompson quickly bounced back and finished Ellenberger with an impressive spinning kick to the head in the first round of the bout.

Continuing His Win Streak

The ‘Wonderboy’ was already a prominent name in the promotion. He was on a five-win streak when he faced Hendricks inside the octagon on February 6, 2016. Meanwhile, the former welterweight champion was looking to cement his position in the gold strap race.

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However, he was denied a comeback after Thompson defeated him in the first very first round of the bout. Wonderboy landed a spinning back kick and rained down his vicious hands on the former champion. It took only 3:31 minutes for Thompson to end the fight.

What do you make out of Stephen Thompson’s knockouts? Are you excited about Stephen Thompson’s fight against Gilbert Burns? Whom do you think will win the bout? Let us know in the comment section below.

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