‘I Was Put in an Uncomfortable Situation’- Stephen Thompson Reveals the Fights That Changed His Life

Published 12/15/2021, 10:15 AM EST
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 27: Darren Till of England prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Stephen Thompson in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at ECHO Arena on May 27, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Stephen Thompson is one of the most established fighters in the UFC. The ‘Wonderboy’ has been a part of the promotion since early 2012. His kickboxing talents are among the best the industry has seen, and he has used them to defeat some of the promotion’s best welterweight fighters.

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As of December 15th, 2021, Thompson’s professional fight record stands at 16 wins and 5 losses. He also stands fifth in the UFC’s welterweight rankings. Throughout his career, Stephen Thompson has put up some spectacular fights, but like almost every other fighter, he’s suffered a few bad losses as well.

Recently, in an interview with RT Sport MMA, the ‘Wonderboy’ revealed what he learned from the toughest losses he had in his career.

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Thompson spoke about his losses against Matt Brown and Tyron Woodley.

He said, “Well, the one that comes to mind. Especially in the UFC, there’s two. There was the Matt brown fight, which is my second fight in the UFC. And there was the very first Tyron Woodley fight. Now the reason why those are one of my favorite fights is because I was put in an uncomfortable situation.”

“A situation where most people probably would have tapped or given up, and I didn’t. You know, people say, I can go out there and do that, or I wouldn’t tap, or I wouldn’t give up. But they really don’t know until they’re in that situation. You know I was in it, and I didn’t. So I learned something about myself in that. No matter what these guys put me through, there’s no giving up on myself,” he added.

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What’s next for Stephen Thompson?

Even though the ‘Wonderboy‘ is currently 38 years of age, he doesn’t plan on retiring from fighting anytime soon. The American kickboxing icon will step into the octagon the weekend at UFC Vegas 45. Thompson will take on the number 10 ranked welterweight fighter, Belal Muhammad, at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Stephen Thompson of the United States looks on against Tyron Woodley of the United States in their welterweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The last time Thompson entered the octagon was when he took on Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. He lost the bout via unanimous decision.

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A win on the weekend will go a long way for Thompson and could bring him closer to a title fight. Do you think ‘Wonderboy’ has what it takes to beat 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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