HILARIOUS: Stephen Thompson Gets Dominated by His ‘New Training Partners’ During UFC 264 Training

Published 06/21/2021, 12:00 AM EDT


A hilarious video of UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson is making the round of social media and fans are taking notice. ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is tasked with his next assignment at UFC 264 against former title challenger Gilbert Burns. However, per the recent video that is being cycled around, it appears Thompson may have another assignment on the card.

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The fan-proclaimed ‘NMF’ of the UFC can be seen engaged in a fun back and forth with kids who were present in the gym. Stephen Thompson has long since assisted his local gyms in training kids. An affable presence for younger fighters, Thompson is always ready to provide insight to the younger generation.

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Thompson doesn’t fit the mold of a fighter in the traditional sense, and the video below is a perfect example of why he’s beloved.

Stephen Thompson: A final run at gold

‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is on a two-fight win streak and is 3-2 since his title fight saga against Tyron Woodley. He defeated Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal in his last two outings and has solidified his number 4 ranking. With a win over the number 2 ranked Gilbert Burns, Stephen Thompson will virtually guarantee his place in the title conversation.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 19: (L-R) Stephen Thompson kicks Geoff Neal in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Leon Edwards will be the x-factor going forward as Colby Covington has already secured the next title shot. Edwards’ recent victory over Nate Diaz wasn’t enough to secure a title shot over ‘Chaos’ Covington. For all intents and purposes, the race to the finish line will be contested between Stephen Thompson and Leon Edwards.

The MMA community has predicted that Thompson’s fighting style could potentially give Kamaru Usman problems. ‘Wonderboy’ is not an easy outing for anyone and his wide karate stance has posed issues for several opponents. Usman’s striking is crisp and fundamental and he would be wary of the looks that Thompson will show.

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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)

Not to mention, he’s the only fighter in the top 5 who Kamaru Usman hasn’t faced yet. Fans are looking forward to seeing a fresh match-up and Thompson has the tools to make things interesting.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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