WOW! Stephen Thompson Calls Out Actor Jack Black to Walk Him Out for His Next Title Fight

Published 06/23/2021, 6:56 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)


UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson spoke to Submission Radio in the lead-up to his fight against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. As ‘Wonderboy’ is knocking on the door of title contention, his upcoming match-up will decide his future. A win over Burns would ensure that he’s one fight away from challenging the winner of Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington for the undisputed strap.

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‘Wonderboy’ is already looking forward to fighting for gold once more, and he’s laid out plans for when the time arrives. Chiefly, Stephen Thompson told Submission Radio that he wants Jack Black to walk him out. He’s gone on record to say that he wants Black’s band ‘Tenacious D’ to be a part of his title fight experience.

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)

“100%, Jack Black. I need you for the ‘Wonderboy Walkout’, title fights, it’s got to be for the title. I need you out there giving me the vibe, you know what I mean. I need the ‘Wonderboy Energy’ in the house coming from the man himself. So, if you’re watching this, which we know you are, I need you there man, I need you there.”

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Tenacious D is an American Rock band founded by actors Kyle Gass and Jack Black. Their song, ‘Wonderboy’ would be a perfect fit for Thompson’s walkout in a future title fight. It’s clear that Stephen Thompson is already looking at what’s next for him after Gilbert Burns.

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UFC 264: Stephen Thompson vs Gilbert Burns

The aforementioned match-up makes sense from a rankings point of view as Burns is number 2 and Thompson is number 4. While ‘Durinho’ will need a few more wins to contest for UFC gold, the same can’t be said about Thompson. He’s managed to find his way back to the title picture after losing to Tyron Woodley in a rematch.

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On paper, Thompson is being favored by MMA fans because of the complexities he offers within his striking arsenal. He’s notoriously difficult to takedown and Gilbert Burns will probably have a hard time keeping up on the feet.

The general consensus is that Stephen Thompson will use his unorthodox stance and stand-up to dismantle Burns. However, ‘Durinho’ isn’t an easy outing for anyone and has proven his mettle as a top contender.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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