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SideWays222 02-22-2014 10:33 AM

Does Stephen Thompson still have "Hype" behind him??
 
I was looking through the fight card and i noticed the name Stephen Thompson and i knew it sounded familiar to me but i forgot who he was. Then when i looked his record up on sherdog i remembered EXACTLY who he was. When he got signed to the UFC i remember plenty of people hyping the guy and expecting huge things from his striking in the UFC. And he didnt disappoint...

In his UFC debute he had a really cool Headkick KO






Then literally 2 months and 17 days later he was back in there squaring off with Matt Brown.

Matt Brown was able to repeatably take Thompson down using his wrestling and Brown went on to earn a Decision victory. In the second round Thompson was able to put his combos together and rocked Brown but then Brown was able to catch Thompson and rock him back.

After that fight i have not seen anyone mention Stephen anymore. Im guilty of it myself as he completely fell off the grid for me.


He had 2 fights after that winning both of them and his most recent fight with Rich Clements ended with a second round tko.



He is scheduled to face Robert Whittaker tomorrow at UFC 170.

So what do you guys say is there still hype?? Has anyone been following his career this whole time and been looking forward to seeing him tomorrow?? Or has he just gotten lost in the masses and his hype died off??

For anyone that does not remember this is why the guy had some hype behind him when he signed.

Quote:

In amateur kickboxing, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson was 37-0. As a pro kickboxer, 20-0. As a professional mixed martial artist, he's 5-0 so far. That's 62 straight fights without a loss. 46 via KO


"Bonus Gif"

I was looking for those gifs so i can post them for you guys and while doing that i came accross this little awesome Gif so i decided to share it too since its so cool it reminds me of Anderson Silva a bit.



Enjoy

UFC_OWNS 02-22-2014 10:44 AM

I think robert beats him bad tomorrow although interestingly enough both are tristar boys. The problem he has is a bad bottom game, suspect cardio and mediocre boxing, but he is light on the feet and has a lot of funky kicks and when fresh he can avoid getting hit decently.

SideWays222 02-22-2014 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by UFC_OWNS (Post 2571145)
I think robert beats him bad tomorrow although interestingly enough both are tristar boys. The problem he has is a bad bottom game, suspect cardio and mediocre boxing, but he is light on the feet and has a lot of funky kicks and when fresh he can avoid getting hit decently.

We shall see.

I am expecting Thompson to have improved takedown defense. On the feet i think Stephen lights him up.

But who knows...

Stapler 02-22-2014 11:13 AM

His standup is something else, but he is terribly one dimensional. Matt Brown dominated him on the ground, and he isn't exactly a grappling guru himself.

Hopefully he shows some improvement because his kick boxing really is impressive. Whittaker will be a good test for him to see if he has made any improvements because Whittaker isn't great, but he is competent and is somewhat rounded from what I've seen. Of course if its all standup though, it won't tell us much.

Joabbuac 02-22-2014 12:04 PM

I wonder if Whitaker keeps his hands up now the threat of a takedown is not there. I think he gets caught and stopped if he leaves that left hanging. Colton Smith caught him napping and dropped him pretty hard.

Swp 02-22-2014 12:21 PM

I'm still on the wonderboy rainbow train :)) !
Kid is talented and I love fighters like him who accomplished a lot in martial arts and then fights in UFC

abou the bonus gif: You can see that Gus was a Boxer ! the head movement and way faster than Bones

Spite 02-22-2014 03:42 PM

I see another KO from Thompson. Not that impressed with Whittaker, he's a decent fighter, but will never be more than that.

CarlosCondit 02-22-2014 05:32 PM

Wonderboy is a great talent and a brilliant striker. His fight with Brown was tough, but Brown is on a huge tear at the moment, so it's not that big of a deal for a UFC newcomer to lose to a veteran like The Immortal. I think that Thompson will be one of the big names at Welterweight in the near future and he will continue to impress.

SideWays222 02-23-2014 12:50 AM

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Originally Posted by UFC_OWNS (Post 2571145)
I think robert beats him bad tomorrow although interestingly enough both are tristar boys. The problem he has is a bad bottom game, suspect cardio and mediocre boxing, but he is light on the feet and has a lot of funky kicks and when fresh he can avoid getting hit decently.

Beats him bad huh??

The reason i picked Stephen last minute for my FFL team was cause i figured he would run through Whittaker. I didnt think first round quick but i did figure it would be a pretty easy fight for him and certainly end in a tko/ko finish.

Well everyone makes bad predictions every now and then. And this was yours...

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Originally Posted by SideWays222 (Post 2571177)
We shall see.

I am expecting Thompson to have improved takedown defense. On the feet i think Stephen lights him up.

But who knows...


M.C 02-23-2014 01:42 AM

Impressed.


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