What’s Subsequent For ‘Wonderboy?’

One other weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC Struggle Night time 148 blew the roof off Bridgestone Area in Nashville, Tenn., this previous weekend (Sat., March 23, 2019). Loads of fighters had been left licking their wounds, together with Justin Willis, who suffered the primary lack of his UFC profession after getting completely dominated by Curtis Blaydes (recap right here). And Deiveson Figueiredo, who suffered the primary lack of his professional profession after getting out-gunned by Jussier Formiga.

However, which fighter is affected by the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours faraway from the present?

Stephen Thompson.

Going into his headlining battle towards Anthony Pettis, “Wonderboy” by no means underestimated “Showtime” regardless of coming in as a rookie within the Welterweight division. Thompson clearly had the size and top benefit, however “Showtime” was adamant he wasn’t going to be a weak opponent. For Thompson, shedding back-to-back fights merely wasn’t an possibility, because the 170-pound division is shark tank stuffed with keen and succesful contenders chomping on the bit for a shot on the title.

Sadly for Thompson, he bumped into a person on a mission decided to meet his prophecy of surprising the fight world with one thing spectacular. Early on, Thompson caught to his range-fighting gameplan, although Pettis was attempting to make it onerous for him by pushing the tempo. Nonetheless, Thompson’s photographs had been connecting, busting up Pettis’ face and forcing the blood to trickle down. In spherical two, it was extra of the identical exchanges. However after Thompson related with a kick to the intestine, Pettis used the momentum from the cage ever-so barely to dive in and shock “Wonderboy” with a spectacular Superman punch that put his lights out.

It wasn’t something Thompson did improper, it was merely a perfectly-placed strike courtesy of one of the inventive arise fighters within the recreation in the present day.

With two straight losses on his resume, Thompson can be knocked down just a few pegs in a highly-competitive weight class that now has the additions of Pettis, Ben Askren, the resurgence of Jorge Masvidal and a brand new champion in Kamaru Usman. To not point out, you continue to have Colby Covington, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Leon Edwards and Robbie Lawler within the combine.

And did we point out Kevin Lee is now at 170 kilos?

Which means Thompson’s highway again to a title can be a complete lot more durable. That stated, “Wonderboy” has confirmed repeatedly he has the chops to reel off one spectacular win after one other, so don’t go writing him off as a legit menace to the title simply but as he nonetheless has the talents to knock anybody’s block off.

A showdown towards the aforementioned Lawler appears acceptable. Dana White is adamant he’s going to e-book a rematch between Robbie and Ben, however “Funky” is set to not signal the dotted line. Thompson has lengthy desired a battle towards “Ruthless,” and now is an effective a time as any.

If the do-over between Askren and Lawler does occur, and shortly, then maybe “Wonderboy” can await the loser of that match up.

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