Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson gave everybody a well timed reminder simply the place his nickname comes from with a masterful efficiency on UFC’s closing card of the yr on Saturday.
Thompson took on rising welterweight Geoff Neal in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Evening 183 from the UFC APEX facility and he placed on a masterclass to safe a 50-45, 50-45, 50-45 unanimous shutout victory.
Neal had received seven straight earlier than entering into the octagon with Thompson, however save for a flurry in some closing spherical exchanges that rocked Thompson a little bit, Wonderboy brilliantly used a variation of kicks and punches to strike a sport Neal all day lengthy.
“‘Wonderboy’ continues to be right here, child,” Thompson mentioned in his postfight interview. “That title, in 2021, it’s gonna be mine. You’ll see.”
Thompson was ranked fifth coming into the competition and is now setting his sights on greater fish subsequent yr.
Nonetheless, he did pay tribute to his opponent who, regardless of taking an actual beating, wasn’t going anyplace.
“Geoff is a troublesome, powerful opponent, man,” Thompson mentioned. “And rock stable. Each punch I hit him with, he simply saved coming.”
Kamaru Usman is at present atop of the welterweight division and his final outing noticed him defeat Jorge Masvidal who took the battle on six days discover.
Thompson holds a victory over Masvidal from UFC 217, however a lot has modified for Masvidal since that loss and he’s turn into UFC’s quantity two attraction behind Conor McGregor in some ways.
Masvidal has said his curiosity in working that again previously and after his win, Thompson made it clear he’s sport, too, and he desires the nicest MFer towards the baddest MFer.
“You already know, I used to be poking at a man ranked larger than me not too way back on Twitter, within the nicest manner attainable! He wasn’t having it.
“However sure, that is my second win in a row, ranked quantity 11, I’m undoubtedly working my manner up. I wish to see the NMF vs the BMF, child. Let’s make that occur. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs Jorge Masvidal II! I do know he’s speaking about combating Colby Covington, however we’ll see.”
Thompson had two title pictures towards Tyron Woodley earlier in his profession however after drawing his first shot, he would lose the second.