It’s no secret that UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson possesses some of the best striking in the entire UFC given his Karate background. Thompson won numerous International Kickboxing Federation (IKR) championships in the early 2000s. In addition, Thompson never lost a match, going a perfect 37-0 throughout the course of his kickboxing career.
When Thompson entered the UFC, he did so with a professional MMA record of 5-0. In his debut fight against Dan Stittgen, Thompson picked up a highlight reel KO win as he landed a perfectly placed head kick on Stittgen that put the MMA vet to sleep.
In the video above, you can see Thompson pick up an impressive KO win from back in his kickboxing days!
Thompson of course is coming off a failed bid at the UFC welterweight title, which saw him controversially drop a decision to Tyron Woodley in the pair’s highly anticipated rematch.
Despite the pair’s first fight being a draw, and the rematch not going Wonderboy’s way, he is committed to earning himself a trilogy fight with Tyron Woodley:
“I FEEL I CAN GO OUT THERE AND I KNOW I CAN BEAT HIM. I MEAN JUST IN THE LAST TWO FIGHTS, I KNOW IF I PUT FORTH JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFORT AND ACTUALLY GO OUT THERE AND JUST DO WHAT I KNOW I CAN DO, JUST FIGHT, YOU KNOW, I KNOW I CAN BEAT HIM. I KNOW I CAN DO IT. AND THE FANS DO TOO.”
“OF COURSE, YOU’RE OUT THERE BEING CAUTIOUS, BUT SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA GRIT YOUR TEETH, BITE DOWN ON THAT MOUTHPIECE AND GO. AND I DIDN’T DO THAT IN THE LAST FIGHT. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW IF I GO OUT THERE AND DO, THEN I’LL ENDED UP WINNING. BUT THE FIGHT HAPPENED TWICE AND I’LL FIGHT WHO I GOTTA FIGHT NEXT AND WE’LL DO IT AGAIN.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/11/2017.