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Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson


ABOUT
Stephen Thompson

Full NameStephen Thompson

BornFebruary 11, 1983

Height6 ft 0 in

NationalityAmerican

ABOUT

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.



  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Stephen Thompson UFC
  3. Stephen Thompson vs Gilbert Burns
  4. Stephen Thompson Career Stats
  5. Stephen Thompson Last Fight
  6. Stephen Thompson Record



UFC 217: Thompson v Masvidal


Early Life and Career


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.


UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3


Stephen Thompson Career Stats


Current Status:

Stephen Thompson's current record stands at 16-5-1. He is on a 1-fight loss streak in the UFC


Win-Loss-Draw:

MatchesWinsLossesDraws
221651

Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 7


Wins by Submission:

  1. 1


Wins by Decision:

  1. 8


Current Titles:

  1. None


Reach:

  1. 75 in (191cm)


Weight:

  1. 170 lb / 77 kg


Weight Class:

  1. Welterweight



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:


ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDate
Loss16-5-1Gilbert BurnsDecision (unanimous)UFC 26410/07/2021
Win16-4-5Geoff NealDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal19/12/2020
Win15-4-1Vicente LuqueDecision (unanimous)UFC 24402/11/2019
Loss14-4-1Anthony PettisKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis23/03/2019
Loss14-3-1Darren TillDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till27/05/2018
Win14-2-1Jorge MasvidalDecision (unanimous)UFC 21704/11/2017
Loss13-2-1Tyron WoodleyDecision (majority)UFC 20904/03/2017
Draw13-1-1Tyron WoodleyDecision (majority)UFC 20512/11/2016
Win13-1Rory MacDonaldDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson18/06/2016
Win12-1Johny HendricksTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson06/02/2016
Win11-1Jake EllenbergerKO (spinning hook kick)The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale12/07/2015
Win10-1Patrick CôtéDecision (unanimous)UFC 17827/09/2014
Win9-1Robert WhittakerTKO (punches)UFC 17022/02/2014
Win8-1Chris ClementsTKO (punches)UFC 16521/09/2013
Win7-1Nah-Shon BurrellDecision (unanimous)UFC 16025/05/2013
Loss6-1Matt BrownDecision (unanimous)UFC 14521/04/2012
Win6-0Dan StittgenKO (head kick)UFC 14304/02/2012
Win5-0Patrick MandioDecision (unanimous)Fight Party: Masquerade Fight Party01/10/2011
Win4-0William KuhnDecision (unanimous)Xtreme Chaos 215/07/2011
Win3-0Marques WorrellSubmission (rear-naked choke)Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting 218/09/2010
Win2-0Daniel FinzTKO (punches)Fight Party: Xtreme Cage Fighting 222/05/2010
Win1-0Jeremy JolesTKO (punches)Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting05/02/2010


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