‘So Pumped Up for July 10th’- Stephen Thompson Ready to Put Up a Show at UFC 264

Published 06/30/2021, 10:51 AM EDT
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)


Stephen Thompson, the welterweight fighter of the ultimate fighting championship, is all set to put up a show at UFC 264. The ‘Wonderboy’ will clash against the Brazilian striker Gilbert Burns inside the octagon in a co-main event on 10 July 2021.

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The 38-year-old American fighter looks all pumped up for his big fight. The latter took to Twitter to share a glimpse of his preparation with his fans. Thompson posted, “Almost time!! Adding the final touches and preparing mentally and physically for the weight cut process. So pumped for July 10th – Stephen Thompson”

 

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Even though Thompson had an impressive career in UFC, he has never won a gold strap under his name. Following his win over Geoff Neal, we will see the ‘Wonderboy’ back in action at UFC 264. This is surely a big opportunity for Thompson as a win can cement his position in the welterweight gold race.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: (R-L) Stephen Thompson punches Vicente Luque of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 38-year-old has fought twice for the welterweight gold against Tyron Woodley. However, he couldn’t win the belt as his first title bout against Woodley ended in a draw and he lost the second fight via majority decision.

The American native is currently on a two-win streak and stands at the #4 position in the welterweight roster. He will soon fight Gilbert Burns in the UFC 264 event which is headlined by Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier.

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Meanwhile, Burns is coming off a loss against Kamaru Usman in a title shot at UFC 258. The Brazilian striker has strong knockout power in his gloves and will surely give a hard time to Thompson inside the cage. The (16-4) holder will surely have to stop the Brazilian fighter for a possible title shot.

However, Colby Covington is next in the line for the welterweight gold per the UFC president Dana White. Furthermore, Leon Edwards is also relevant in the picture after his exceptional win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263. All in all, a win over Burns might not give Thompson a title shot next but it will surely increase his chances in the title race.

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