Stephen Thompson Offers to Step In for a Rematch Against Jorge Masvidal

Published 09/18/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
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)


Following an old backstage brawl between Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards in 2019, the promotion was about to set up a fight for both the men. However, the Brit backed off, showing disinterest in fighting Masvidal, and aimed for the title instead. ‘Gamebred’ didn’t take this well and lashed out at ‘Rocky’ for canceling a fight with him. However, Stephen Thompson threw his name into the hat.

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‘Wonderboy’ posted a tweet and said, “Well if Leon won’t fight @GamebredFighter I’d love to step in and run it back. We all know Masvidal 2.0 is a different animal! #superrespectfully” 

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‘Wonderboy’ and ‘Gamebred’ have once clashed inside the octagon at UFC 217. Thompson won the fight via a unanimous decision. However, as he believes that ‘Gamebred’ is a completely different fighter now, he would love to square off with him once again.

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The 16-5 record holder, Stephen Thompson, lost his two-fight win streak when he was defeated by the Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. Following the defeat, ‘Wonderboy’ dropped to #5 in the welterweight roster.

Meanwhile, Masvidal, who lost both his welterweight title fights against Kamaru Usman, hasn’t entered the octagon since his defeats. However, he recently hinted at a comeback and is waiting for a viable opponent who can fast-track his welterweight gold journey.

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As Masvidal is currently #6 in the welterweight division, the third-ranked Edwards may not have seen any benefits in this fight. However, a square-off between ‘Gamebred’ and ‘Wonderboy’ makes sense, as they are sixth and fifth respectively, and have lost their last fights.

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As an added incentive, Masvidal can look to avenge his previous loss and cement his position in the welterweight title race by defeating Thompson. Hence, as both the fighters are interested, it is all in the hands of the matchmakers.

Would you like to see a rematch between Stephen Thompson and Jorge Masvidal? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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