Stephen Thompson is looking to secure another shot at the welterweight title.
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‘Wonderboy’ is currently riding a two-fight win streak over the likes of Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal. Thompson has been campaigning for a title shot with these shutout performances. He looks to add to his case with a win over former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 264 this weekend.
Thompson believes he is the kryptonite to the superman that is Kamaru Usman. Stylistically, he believes he is the worst matchup and biggest challenge for Usman at 170.
Colby Covington has been touted to be up next for the champ, by UFC president Dana White. However, if you know the UFC, not everything goes according to plan.
Usman likes to call the shots, so to speak. He wanted to rematch Jorge Masvidal, who was coming straight off a previous loss to him. He was granted the opportunity at UFC 261. If ‘Wonderboy’ works wonders at UFC 264, the narrative could change from a rubber match with Covington to an entirely new challenge involving karate.
“[Thompson] is a great fighter, a very good fighter stylistically.” Usman told MMA Island. “One of the only ones to go out and show how good you can use karate in MMA. He’s a great fighter, but I’m just above some of these guys right now. He’s had two cracks at the title against Tyron Woodley, who I basically made look like a rookie.”
Usman says Thompson will be given another opportunity if he makes himself undeniable. An impressive finish over Gilbert Burns, the only fighter to drop him in the UFC, could do the trick.
“If he does something spectacular and gets into the public eye, into the media, where people really demand to see that fight, then of course we’ll give him a shot. Right now, he’s just another good fighter in the welterweight division.”
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