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#6 Peso welter Division

Activo

"Wonderboy"

Stephen Thompson

Peso welter Division

16-6-1 (W-L-D)

7

Wins by Knockout

1

Wins by Submission

4

First Round Finishes

Stephen Thompson

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Learn more about Stephen Thompson's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

 

Status
Activo
Hometown
Greenville, Estados Unidos
Trains at
Upstate Karate Family Martial Arts Center
Fighting style
Karate
Age
39
Height
72.00
Weight
170.50
Octagon Debut
Feb. 04, 2012
Reach
75.00
Leg reach
42.00
  • MMA Pro since 2010
     
  • Seven wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)
     
  • Owns a combined 57-0 kickboxing record, which includes over 40 KOs
     
  • Brother-in-laws are Carlos Machado and Chris Weidman
     
  • Has trained with Anderson Silva, Weidman, Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, and Keith Jardine
     
  • Has 10-5-1 record in his last 16 fights; has won two of his last four
     
  • Five first round finishes
     
  • Origin of nickname: “It came when I was 15. I fought a guy that was in his early to mid twenties and held a couple state kickboxing titles. He was undefeated also. I put a beating on him that totally baffled people, as it was my first fight. My dad threw my in DEEP. He wanted to see if this was what I REALLY wanted to do. After the fight the guy I beat was totally demoralized that he got essentially spanked by a 15-year-old in his first fight and made the comment "I wonder why I got in the ring with that boy." So the commentator heard this and called me Wonderboy. Also when I was a younger kid I'd sing and dance and my sister’s then boyfriend would call me Stevie Wonder so somehow all this turned into Wonderboy. Yeah, kinda crazy.”

UFC Fight Night (12/18/21) Thompson lost a three-round unanimous decision to Belal Muhammad

UFC 264 (7/10/21) Thompson lost a three-round unanimous decision to Gilbert Burns

UFC Fight Night (12/19/20) Thompson won a five-round unanimous decision over Geoff Neal

UFC 244 (11/2/19) Thompson won a three-round unanimous decision over Vicente Luque

UFC Fight Night (3/23/19) Thompson was knocked out by Anthony Pettis at 4:55 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (5/27/18) Thompson lost a five-round unanimous decision to Darren Till

UFC 217 (11/4/17) Thompson won a three round unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal

UFC 209 (3/4/17) Thompson lost a five round majority decision to Tyron Woodley in a fight for the UFC welterweight title

UFC 205 (11/12/16) Thompson fought to a five round draw with Tyron Woodley in a fight for the UFC welterweight title

UFC Fight Night (6/18/16) Thompson won a five round unanimous decision over Rory MacDonald

UFC Fight Night (2/6/16) Thompson stopped Johny Hendricks via strikes at 3:31 of the first round

TUF 21 Finale (7/12/15) Thompson knocked out Jake Ellenberger at 4:29 of the first round

UFC 178 (9/27/14) Thompson won a three round unanimous decision over Patrick Cote

UFC 170 (2/22/14) Thompson stopped Robert Whittaker via strikes at 3:43 of the first round

UFC 165 (9/21/13) Thompson stopped Chris Clements via strikes at 1:27 of the second round

UFC 160 (5/25/13) Thompson won a three round unanimous decision over Nah-Shon Burrell

UFC 145 (4/21/12) Thompson lost a three round unanimous decision to Matt Brown

UFC 143 (2/4/12) Thompson knocked out Dan Stittgen at 4:13 of the first round.

When and why did you start training for fighting? When I was three years old. My father was a professional fighter and owned a Karate school. All the kids in our family started training at age three.

What ranks and titles have you held? Five-time world champion kickboxer. I hold a 5th degree black belt in Tetsushin Ryu Kempo Karate, a 1st degree in Tetsushin Ryu Jujitsu and a Purple belt in RCJ Machado Jiu-jitsu. 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I want to fight the best in the world and I want to be a champion, so being the in the UFC is a dream come true.

What was your job before you started fighting? I've worked at my family's karate academy, doing everything from cleaning bathrooms to what I do now as the head kids’ instructor.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 37-0, 16 amateur kickboxing titles:

  1. 1999 ISKA Georgia State Middleweight Amateur Champion
  2. 2000 ISKA Southeast Middleweight Amateur Champion
  3. 2000 IKF East Coast Middleweight Amateur Champion
  4. 2000 PKC National Light Middleweight Amateur Champion
  5. 2000 IKF National Middleweight Amateur Champion
  6. 2000 USAKBF North American Middleweight Amateur Champion
  7. 2001 IKF National Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  8. 2001 PKC National Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  9. 2001 USAKBF World Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  10. 2001 WPKA World Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  11. 2002 IKF National Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  12. 2002 IKF North American Light Cruiserweight Amateur Champion
  13. 2003 U.S. National Martial Arts Team World Cup Light Heavyweight Champion
  14. 2003 KICK North American Cruiserweight Champion
  15. 2003 I.A.K.S.A. World Champion
  16. 2003 IKF FCR Amateur Light Cruiserweight World Champion

Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Undefeated - competed in the Chuck Norris World Combat League

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite Striking technique: Spinning Backfist