‘I Had Never Been Knocked Out Before’- Stephen Thompson Says His Loss to Anthony Pettis Was Weird

Published 12/14/2021, 11:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 19: Stephen Thompson prepares to fight 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)


During his prime days, Stephen Thompson was considered one of the best welterweight fighters in the UFC. The fighter boasts an insane striking ability which has helped him beat some of the biggest names in the promotion. Some of these include Robert Whittaker, Rory MacDonald, and Jorge Masvidal.

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As of December 2021, Thompson’s professional MMA record stands at sixteen wins and five losses. In his 11 year career as a mixed martial artist, the ‘Wonderboy’ has only had one loss via knockout. This was when he took on Anthony Pettis in 2019. Thompson got knocked out in the second round of their fight.

‘Wonderboy’ recently appeared in an interview with Ariel Helwani and expressed his feelings about his only knockout loss in his career.

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He said,” That was kind of a bummer, you know. Out there beating him and next thing you know I’m waking up at the back.” 

He went on to say, “It was such a weird thing because I had never been knocked out before. It’s always been at the back of my head like this is the time I’m getting knocked out. It just never happened. Until then it was like, I least expected it. I was beating the guy. All I remember was getting up after the first round, off the stool and I was like alright, gonna pick it up this round. I don’t remember any of the second round. “

Even though he considers it one of his most unfortunate fights, Stephen Thompson still looks back at it and laughs at the memory of the fight.

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What’s next for Stephen Thompson?

Stephen Thompson will take on the welterweight fighter Belal Muhammad in the last lard card of the year at the upcoming event of UFC Vegas 45. Thompson currently stands fifth in the UFC’s welterweight rankings. Whereas his upcoming opponent, Belal Muhammad, stands tenth. 

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Stephen Thompson celebrates his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their welterweight bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘Wonderboy’ also recently re-signed with the UFC on a multi-fight contract. he is a very entertaining fighter, and it is certain that he’s going to be around to put on some exciting performances for the fans.

Who do you think will win at UFC Vegas 45? Stephen Thompson or Belal Muhammad? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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