Faced with an enemy who decimated all the opposition of his path, Stephen Thompson Saturday night looked easy.
“Wonder Boy” was in top condition with the UFC Fight Night 183 headliner. Geoff Neal
For most of the five rounds of unanimous decision wins at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. As a result, Thompson has reestablished itself as one of the top candidates in the welterweight division. But everything wasn’t easy, as South Carolina natives apparently suffered a knee injury later in the fight, hindering the trademark movement.
“I thought it was the patella after the fourth round. I felt this stiffness in my right leg. I looked down at the ball and thought it was my patella,” Thompson explained. “When I tried to bend my knee, I got muscle. Hopefully it’s not that bad and I don’t have to have surgery.”
Thompson is a veteran of two title battles and six 25-minute battles across the UFC, and has taken over his experience. In the end, he left enough in the tank to thwart the hard-charged Neil in the championship frame.
“In a fight game, you’re ups and downs, or injured, but you can get injured later, and that’s the purpose of your train,” Thompson said. “I’ve been fighting since I was 15 years old. All fighters here go through a conditioning process. You suffer your bumps and bruise and ignore it during the fight. I couldn’t move it to an angle, so I had to learn and adapt on the spot. That’s it. He’s a pressure fighter. All I had to do was sit, clench my teeth, and throw. It was just. “
Nonetheless, Thompson was able to confuse his opponents with speed and movement during the match. When everything was said and done, “Wonder Boy” landed 171 serious strikes. This is twice as much as Neil and the eighth in UFC welterweight history. Thompson upset his opponent with a combination of punches, various kicks and solid bodywork, but Neil rarely showed signs of injury during the 25-minute encounter.
“I’m used to the adversity of the Octagon. In the fight Vicente Luke, I broke both hands. I hurt my right knee this time, but I have to put it behind my head and forget about it and do what I do. I felt good, “Thompson said. “”Geoff Neal It’s super tough. Every time I hit him, he felt like a rock. He just kept moving forward. I hit him with a roundhouse kick on his face, the dome piece, and he just kept coming. Even if I get injured, I am very happy with my performance. I feel good. “
Thompson’s style is often annoying. Shortly 38 years old, he capped Neil to continue the course.
“He has a good boxing base. He is very good at maintaining positions. I know he was frustrated at the beginning of the round, but he never got out of position. “Thompson said. “Most people I get frustrated with do what they usually don’t do. That’s when I got you. He didn’t. He stayed in the right position and moved forward. Continued, and I was very impressed with it. We paid a lot of respect there. “
Following his latest victory, Thompson has another championship design running in the UFC’s welterweight division.First, he wants to do it Jorge MasvidalHe was defeated at the first meeting at UFC 217.
“With a good victory Geoff Neal
And Vicente Luke, They have to give me someone in the top five. I’m still ranked 5th here, “he said. “”Jorge Masvidal We used to fight each other, so it will be a great fight. Let’s see what happens. “
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“He just kept moving forward.”
https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Stephen-Thompson-Impressed-by-Geoff-Neals-Resilience-He-Just-Kept-Coming-Forward-176867 “He just kept moving forward.”