UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson states that he is a very bad matchup for the welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Stephen Thompson is usually considered as the Gatekeeper of the welterweight division. If anyone wants to get the title shot or go at the top of the division, those fighters go through Stephen Wonderboy Thompson. He has fought for the welterweight title twice in his UFC career, failing to win the belt against the same opponent, Tyron Woodley. After facing some downfall in his career, he is again back to the top and is just one win away from fighting for the title, but this time he has different challenges in front of him.
At UFC 264 Wonderboy faces Gilbert Burns who has also fought for the belt against Kamaru Usman but lost the fight and got dominated by the champion. He is ranked no.2 in the division as he considered one of the best welterweights in the UFC. He has an amazing skill set that posses a high-level ground game and also a very strong striking game. Still, Wonderboy feels like he can get the win and fight for the title in near future.
Stephen Thompson talks about fight with Kamaru Usman
Speaking to Submission Radio, Thompson explained why he believes he is a bad matchup for the champion Usman.
“I think I would be a bad matchup for him. Yes, he’s a phenomenal wrestler and he’s got cardio for days, and now he’s knocking out one of the best strikers in the division, Jorge Masvidal. So, his striking is improved. And that’s what makes this fight so fun for me, is knowing that I’m fighting just the best version of Kamaru Usman. Obviously, I gotta get past Gilbert Burns. Not looking past him at all. But yeah, I know that’s there, I know that’s at the top of the list. But I got one guy that I’m focused on right now, and that’s in three weeks, Gilbert Burns, baby,” Thompson said (h/t MMAMania.com).
“I know that a good win over Gilbert Burns will put me up there with those guys. And like you said, I mean, Usman, everybody wants me to fight him cause I’m the only guy that hasn’t fought him in the top five.”
Stephen Thompson has got one point right that he is the only guy at the top of the division that the champion Usman hasn’t fought yet.
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