‘I Want To Be the Oldest Guy Who Ever Fought in the UFC’- Stephen Thompson Says Retirement Is Not on the Cards

Published 12/14/2021, 11:15 AM EST
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)


At 38 years of age, Stephen Thompson has no intention of holding back from fighting. The former welterweight title contender has made a huge impact at UFC. During his prime, he was easily one of the top welterweights in the division. “Wonderboy” recently appeared in an interview with Ariel Helwani and spoke about his status as a fighter.

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“I always loved fighting, but I never thought that I would be where I am today and still feel in the way I do right now.” He went on to say,” I want to break records, man. I want to be the oldest guy who ever fought in the UFC. They’re gonna have to bring out like a senior division or something.

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“Wonderboy” has been professionally fighting for over ten years now. Throughout these years he has had many injuries, which are obvious, knowing the nature of the sport.
Ariel Helwani questioned Thompson about his current condition. To that, he said,” No injuries. I mean my knees feel great. I’ve had four knee surgeries on my left, two on my right. Yeah, and they feel awesome. They feel great right now. So I’m gonna do this as long as my body will let me or when my dad says I’m done.”
There is no doubt that Thompson wants to stay around for all the action. In fact, he recently renewed his contract with the UFC and will surely stick around to give us some more exciting fights.

What’s next for Stephen Thompson?

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Stephen Thompson will be featured at the upcoming UFC Vegas 45 event. Thompson will be taking on Belal Muhammad in a welterweight bout. The fighter has recently not been in his top form. The last we saw him step into the octagon was at UFC 264, where he lost to Gilbert Burns.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 19: (R-L) Stephen Thompson punches 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)

The UFC currently ranks ‘Wonderboy’ fifth in the welterweight division, whereas his opponent stands tenth. A win at UFC Vegas 45 will get Thompson one step closer to a title shot and his dream of smashing UFC records.

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Who do you think will walk away with the win at UFC Vegas 45? 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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