Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson is the current #5 ranked UFC Welterweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 16-wins, 5-losses, and 1-draw. Stephen has a black belt in American Kickboxing and is a former IKF, IAKSA, and WAKO Cruiserweight World Champion.
Stephen Thompson started his combat sports journey at 3 when his father began teaching him Karate.
He began competing in Karate and kickboxing by age 15 and ranked #1 in the World Combat League. Stephen had an impressive 58-0 record in kickboxing that saw him capture 15 Championships from 1999-2005.
Stephen eventually transitioned to MMA and made his debut in 2010 at Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting against Jeremy Joles. Wonderboy won the bout in the second round via TKO(punches) and proceeded to win his next 4-fight in Fight Party before joining the UFC in 2012
Stephen Thompson UFC
Stephen Thompson made his UFC debut at UFC 143 against Dan Stittgen. Thompson finished Stittgen in the first round via KO(head kick) and received the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Thompson next fought Matt Brown at UFC 145. Brown used his grappling experience to nullify Stephen's kickboxing ability and defeated Wonderboy via unanimous decision to hand him his first loss in MMA.
Stephen bounced back from the loss and went on a 5-fight win streak with 4-wins coming via KO/TKO before getting a main event fight against Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson.
Thompson knocked out Hendricks in the first round and went on to defeat Rory MacDonald to earn a title shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship against Tyron Woodley at UFC 205.
The fight went the distance that ended with a majority draw, resulting in the fighters rematching at UFC 209. Thompson went the distance with Woodley, but this time he lost via majority decision.
Stephen bounced back from this and defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 130. Thompson failed to maintain his winning momentum as he lost his 2-fights against Darren Till and Anthony Pettis. He next defeated Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal via unanimous before losing to Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.
Stephen Thompson vs Gilbert Burns
Stephen Thompson fought Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. Thompson was tactical in the first round as he looked to maintain range and connect with strikes. This strategy did not work for long as Burns took him down with a single leg and landed ground-and-pound before Stephen got back to the feet.
The next round saw both fighters maintaining a slow pace as both attempted to outwit each other and look for the perfect opportunity to strike. Burns caught Stephen in a takedown with 30-seconds left on the clock. Thompson managed to get back to his knees as both fighters ended the round exchanging punches on the ground in a manner reminiscent of Pride FC fights.
Stephen became more aggressive in the third round and connected with a spinning kick that hurt Burns and forced him to shoot a heavy right in retaliation. Burns pressed on and managed to keep Thompson on the fence for the majority part of the round. The fight ended with Thompson suffering a big flurry of punches as the final bell rang.
Thompson failed to counter Burn's superior grappling skills and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Stephen Thompson Career Stats
Stephen Thompson's current record stands at 16-5-1. He is on a 1-fight loss streak in the UFC
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
75 in (191cm)
170 lb / 77 kg
Stephen Thompson Last Fight
Stephen Thompson's last fight was against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. Thompson the fight via Unanimous Decision.
Stephen Thompson Next Fight
Stephen Thompson is scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 199.
Stephen Thompson Record
Below is the professional MMA record of Stephen Thompson: