‘Set Me Up for That Title Fight’- Stephen Thompson Wants Kamaru Usman After Gilbert Burns

Published 05/26/2021, 10:46 AM EDT
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 23: Stephen Thompson walks to the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Anthony Pettis during the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on March 23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Stephen Thompson is all set to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021. ‘Wonderboy’ will look to increase his 2-match winning streak and improve his chances of competing for the UFC Welterweight title.

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‘Wonderboy’ is currently ranked No.4 in the UFC welterweight rankings. The fighter won his last fight against Geoff Neal at UFC Fight Night 183 via a unanimous decision. Now a victory over the No.2 ranked Gilbert Burns would surely catapult his chances of facing Kamaru Usman in the near future.

Recently during an interview, Thompson talked about the same. He said, “The guy is improving everywhere, and that’s what makes it exciting for me. That’s what I’m excited you know hopefully with a good win over Gilbert Burns will send me up to that next fight. Set me up for that title fight against Kamaru Usman.”

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Kamaru Usman will most probably face Colby Covington in his next fight. However, if Thompson defeats Burns, he will surely be the most popular choice for the next title contender.

Stephen Thompson believes Kamaru Usman is getting better every day

Although ‘Wonderboy’ is looking to face Kamaru Usman and defeat him. The fighter knows just how good the UFC welterweight champion is, praising the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’.

“Kamaru is tough man, he’s really tough, and he’s getting better every day, as you can tell.”

While we always knew Usman was great at controlling his opponents, recently he has shown another side of him. The champion has shown his improved striking abilities by winning 3 of his previous 4 fights via KO.

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“Before he was just taking people down on the ground and pounding them out and just controlling him. Now he’s knocking guys out, you know he TKO Colby Covington; he knocked out Gilbert Burns in the first round with a jab, knocks out one of the best strikers in the division Jorge Masvidal,” Thompson said.

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Usman has won all of his UFC fights and has won and defended the UFC welterweight title 4 times. Therefore, it will be a challenge for Thompson should he ever face Usman.

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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