Stephen Thompson Losses: Know All About ’Wonderboy’s Defeats and Setbacks in His MMA Career

Published 12/15/2023, 1:20 AM EST

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Stephen Thompson is all set to take on Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 296. ‘Wonderboy’ currently ranks as the number six Welterweight and has a fantastic record in the UFC. He has also suffered six losses during his fighting career. Nonetheless, it has been a while since the fighter has graced the octagon, and certainly looks forward to continuing his streak after his win against Kevin Holland. 

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Thompson made his debut in the UFC at UFC 143 and announced his arrival in his debut match by defeating Dan Stittgen. Since then, the Wonderboy has been featured in twenty-four fights. But apart from success, let’s delve into his career losses so far.  

Which fighters have the ‘ Wonderboy’ lost to in his career? 

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Thompson began his fighting career at three when his father taught him karate. He started competing in Karate and Kickboxing at fifteen and was ranked number one in the World Combat League. Before shifting to MMA, he had an impressive record of 58-0 in kickboxing.

Thompson had a memorable debut in the UFC, winning the first fight via knockout. However, his next fight against Matt Brown at UFC 145 was very different. Brown used his grappling skills to counter Thompson’s ability and handed him his first loss.

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‘ Wonderboy’s’ next loss came against Tyron Woodley in a rematch at UFC 209. The fight went far, but he lost the match via unanimous decision. Thompson next fought Gilbert Burns at UFC 264, and the fight turned out to be a fighting masterclass. Both fighters displayed their skills, but Burns came out on top, handing him the third career loss.

Thompson also lost his fights against Belal Muhammed, Anthony Pettis, and Darren Till. ‘Wonderboy’ was previously scheduled to face Michel Pereira at UFC 291. However, that fight got canceled, and he will face Shavkat Rakhmonov next at UFC 296. 

UFC 296- Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson 

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Kazakh fighter Rakhmonov is one of the dominant fighters in the division and is yet to be defeated. Thompson looked very impressive in his last fight against Kevin Holland and will look to strengthen his position in the division. Thompson initially wanted to fight against Kamaru Usman. However, the fight did not materialize as the UFC had different plans for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare.’ 

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Rakhmonov is fresh from a dominant win against Geoff Neal at UFC 285. He is yet to be defeated in the division and is riding high on confidence. On the other hand, Thompson will look to keep his winning momentum going against the Kazak fighter. Both fighters have very different fighting styles, but there is not much difference in their ranking.

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As UFC Welterweight #5, Rakhmonov takes on World UFC Welterweight #6, Thompson, it will be rather interesting to see who comes out on top. Keep an eye on this space for more such updates. 

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Written by:

Anirban Chatterjee

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I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
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