Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (14-3-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) was on an absolute tear until he fought for the title at UFC 205. The #4 ranked contender has since dropped to 1-2-1 in his last four fights.
Those setbacks were a result of controversial decision losses against champ Tyron Woodley and #2 ranked welterweight contender Darren Till. However Thompson’s fighting style might be one of the factors. His point karate style of maintaining distance and landing counter shots might make him look inactive relative to his opponent. Wonderboy himself admits that he needs to change certain things.
“There’s always something you can work on, but just change some stuff up,” Thompson told MMAjunkie. “Work different techniques that I’ve been wanting to work on a whole lot more, than I don’t usually throw when I fight. Just to keep them guessing. My last few losses were controversial. I’ve got to do more. I can’t leave it in the judge’s hands anymore.”
“Sometimes people say, ‘You’ve got to go out there and grit your teeth and just throw,’” he continued. “That’s never been my style, but I think I need to be a little bit more aggressive instead of counterpunching. There are other parts of the game I can go work on to keep my opponent guessing.”
Thompson believes he also has other weapons in his arsenal and will display them the next time he enter as the octagon.
“I’m definitely going to work on some techniques that hopefully will throw my opponents off and really allow me to open up whenever I’m out there fighting. I’m definitely going to work on my wrestling and jiu-jitsu a little more and you never know,” said Thompson, who holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
“The next fight you may see a little bit more of that. I work it religiously, but when I’m out there fighting I just don’t use it enough. I’ve got to go out there and use some of that. I’m a better, well-rounded fighter than people think.”