James Thompson (fighter)
16 December 1978 |
Rochdale, England, UK
|Other names||The Colossus, Megapunk, Ironjaw McGraw|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||124 kg (273 lb; 19 st 7 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)
Super Heavyweight (265+ lb)
|Fighting out of||London, England|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James Thompson (born 16 December 1978) is an English professional mixed martial artist. He fights as a Heavyweight and has also fought at Super Heavyweight. Over his career he has competed in Pride FC, Cage Rage, EliteXC, Sengoku, Dream, KSW, SFL and Bellator. He is known for his "Gong and Dash", rushing his opponents with strikes at the start of the fight and is also known for his imposing size and strength, as well as being an early pioneer and icon of British mixed martial arts.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Film
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes and references
- 8 External links
Thompson was born and raised in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Thompson was raised by his mother, having never met his father, who is now deceased. Growing up, Thompson was a talented rugby player, and then worked as a bouncer and a debt collector. He also pursued a career in bodybuilding. Thompson took up the sport of wrestling and competed in a several matches before seeing an MMA match featuring Don Frye (whom he would later fight and beat at Pride 34: Kamikaze), which ultimately inspired him to pursue a career in MMA. He started watching DVDs on boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Mixed martial arts career
Thompson began his mixed martial arts career fighting in the British promotion Ultimate Combat (UC). He developed a rivalry with Mark "The Shark" Goddard after their bout in Ultimate Combat 6: Battle in the Cage. Thompson won the bout by referee stoppage, but Goddard disputed the result, saying that Thompson had tapped earlier to one of his armbar attempts. A rematch at Ultimate Combat 8: Retribution resulted in an 18 second knockout victory for Thompson. After five straight victories, he faced his first loss to Georgian Tengiz Tedoradze at Ultimate Combat X. Tedoradze managed to stop Thompson's initial charge and won by doctor stoppage after the second round. Thompson bounced back with a UC Championship bout against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Dan Severn at Ultimate Combat 11: Eyes of the Beast. [check quotation syntax]
Entry into Pride
After defeating Severn, Thompson made his Pride Fighting Championship debut at PRIDE 28 to face Alexander Emelianenko at Pride 28: High Octane. Despite losing the fight in only eleven seconds, he remained with the organization, earning quick victories over Henry Armstrong Miller and Giant Silva. Thompson became known to Pride fans for his penchant for rushing at opponents at the opening bell, which became known as 'Gong and Dash'. During this time, Thompson alternated appearances in Japan with fights in British organisations such as Cage Rage.
Thompson's career took a downturn with three consecutive losses to Kazuyuki Fujita, Rob Broughton and Jon Olav Einemo. However, he followed up with an upset victory over Olympic judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. He next suffered a quick KO at the hands of super heavyweight boxer Eric 'Butterbean' Esch at Cage Rage 20. In his final appearance in Pride, Thompson dominated against UFC veteran Don Frye to a first round stoppage at Pride 34. Thompson followed up with his final appearance in Cage Rage, losing to Neil "Goliath" Grove by knockout in just 10 seconds. Thompson cited a lack of quality heavyweight training partners for his poor performances, and switched training camps to join Randy Couture's Xtreme Couture.
Entry into EliteXC
Thompson made his EliteXC debut against undefeated 8 - 0 fighter Brett Rogers at the EliteXC: Street Certified on 16 February 2008. Rogers knocked Thompson out in the first round. Despite this loss, Thompson followed up with a headlining appearance at EliteXC: Primetime against streetfighter Kimbo Slice. Entering the fight with a considerably swollen cauliflower ear, Thompson managed to control the first two rounds with effective ground and pound. However, both fighters came into the third round substantially winded. Slice landed several unanswered blows to Thompson's face whilst on his feet, one of which burst his cauliflower ear, prompting the referee to stop the fight and declare a TKO in Slice's favour. The stoppage caused a great deal of controversy.
Strike Box/Titans Fighting incident
On 6 February 2009, Thompson fought Steve Bossé at Strike Box/Titans Fighting's inaugural event in Quebec, Canada. The event was originally scheduled to be under Strike Box's own rules where only boxing, takedowns and standing submissions were allowed, but the rules were not accepted by the province's athletic commission in time for the event. It was therefore conducted under MMA rules instead. Before the event some fighters agreed to fight under Strike Box's proposed rules as a gentleman's agreement, though the referee in charge would not have any choice but to allow ground fighting were it to happen. Thompson, who later claimed to be unaware of the agreement, proceeded to take down, mount and ground and pound Bosse - as allowed under MMA rules - after Bosse went for a standing guillotine choke at the start of the fight. This caused the audience to boo Thompson and the referee, unaware of that the fight was being conducted under MMA rules. Beer cans and eventually chairs were then thrown into the ring, prompting referee Yves Lavigne to stop the match. Although it was originally declared a no contest the fight and its result doesn't appear on either fighter's official fight records.
Thompson revealed at the Dream 12 press conference that he has three more fights for his Strikeforce contract.
ZT Fight Night - The Tournament
Thompson competed in the ZT Fight Night Tournament for £10,000 along with 7 other fighters on 30 January 2010. He avenged his first career loss against Tengiz Tedoradze in the quarterfinals, his first win in nearly three years, breaking a five-loss streak. He was then knocked out by the eventual tournament winner, Rob Broughton.
Rumours that Thompson could face Ikuhisa Minowa at Dream 16 surfaced. However it was later revealed that Minowa would face Satoshi Ishii at Dream 16. Thompsony instead fought DEEP veteran Yusuke Kawaguchi and lost via a controversial Split Decision. Many believed the two majority decision judges were biased towards the Japanese home country fighter after Thompson retained top position and did much more damage at the end of the first and throughout the second round.
Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
In the rematch at KSW XVII, Thompson lost a controversial decision. After the fight, he launched a profane verbal assault directed at the promotion. Two days later the promotion changed the result to a No Contest, claiming an error in scorecard tallying. Thompson, however, has not participated in any subsequent KSW events.
Super Fight League
Thompson fought in the main event of the Super Fight League's inaugural event, SFL 1, against Bob Sapp. He won the fight when Sapp injured his leg as he was being taken down by Thompson, forcing him to tap out to the injury.
He next competed at Super Fight League 3 against Bobby Lashley. The outcome was yet another close and controversial decision, this time going unanimously in Thompson's favor, giving him his first winning streak since 2005.
Thompson returned to action once his orbital bone healed from his previous war with Lashley on 1 March 2014 against UFC veteran Colin Robinson as part of the Underdog Promotions card at the Odyssey Arena, Northern Ireland. He won via arm triangle choke in the second round.
It was announced on May 23 that Thompson had been signed by Bellator Fighting Championship and would make his promotional debut against Eric Prindle in the headlining bout of Bellator 121 on June 6, 2014.
In an interview with MMAfighting.com, Thompson stated "I’m back, I’ve been training harder than ever to get back to the big show, and I’m finally here. I’m going to smash Prindle on June 6, make my way into a tournament, and get that belt. No questions asked. Bellator needs some new blood, and trust me, there will be blood." James Thompson fought Eric Prindle on June 6, 2014 and won by TKO in the first round at 1:55 minutes.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Combat
- Ultimate Combat World Heavyweight Champion (1 Time)
In April 2012, Thompson was cast for the role of The Berserker in Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||20 wins||14 losses|
|Win||20–14 (1)||Eric Prindle||TKO (punches)||Bellator 121||June 6, 2014||1||1:55||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||19–14 (1)||Colin Robinson||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Underdog Xtreme Championships 2||1 March 2014||2||2:47||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||18–14 (1)||Bobby Lashley||Decision (unanimous)||SFL 3||6 May 2012||3||5:00||Delhi, India|
|Win||17–14 (1)||Bob Sapp||Submission (injury)||SFL 1||11 March 2012||1||3:17||Mumbai, India|
|NC||16–14 (1)||Mariusz Pudzianowski||No Contest||KSW XVII||26 November 2011||2||5:00||Łódź, Poland||Original decision loss; result overturned due to a judging error.|
|Win||16–14||Mariusz Pudzianowski||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||KSW XVI||21 May 2011||2||1:06||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Loss||15–14||Yusuke Kawaguchi||Decision (split)||Dream 16||25 September 2010||2||5:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Loss||15–13||Miodrag Petković||KO (punch)||Milenium Fight Challenge 4||4 June 2010||1||1:01||Split, Croatia, Croatia|
|Loss||15–12||Rob Broughton||KO (punch)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||30 January 2010||2||2:28||Hove, England|
|Win||15–11||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (punches)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||30 January 2010||2||2:55||Hove, England|
|Loss||14–11||Alistair Overeem||Submission (guillotine choke)||Dream 12||25 October 2009||1||0:33||Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||14–10||Jim York||KO (punch)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7||20 March 2009||1||4:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–9||Kimbo Slice||TKO (punches)||EliteXC: Primetime||31 May 2008||3||0:38||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||14–8||Brett Rogers||KO (punches)||EliteXC: Street Certified||16 February 2008||1||2:24||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||14–7||Neil Grove||KO (punch)||Cage Rage 22||14 July 2007||1||0:10||London, England|
|Win||14–6||Don Frye||TKO (punches)||Pride 34||8 April 2007||1||6:23||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||13–6||Eric Esch||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 20||10 February 2007||1||0:43||London, England|
|Win||13–5||Hidehiko Yoshida||TKO (punches)||Pride Shockwave 2006||31 December 2006||1||7:50||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||12–5||John-Olav Einemo||Submission (armbar)||2H2H: Pride & Honor||12 November 2006||1||4:18||Netherlands|
|Loss||12–4||Rob Broughton||KO (punches)||Cage Rage 17||1 July 2006||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||12–3||Kazuyuki Fujita||KO (right hook)||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||5 May 2006||1||8:25||Osaka, Japan||Pride 2006 Openweight Grand Prix opening round|
|Win||12–2||Giant Silva||TKO (kicks)||Pride Shockwave 2005||31 December 2005||1||1:28||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–2||Alexandru Lungu||TKO (knees and punches)||Pride 30||23 October 2005||1||2:13||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||10–2||Andy Costello||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 13: No Fear||10 September 2005||1||2:33||London, England|
|Win||9–2||Autimio Antonia||KO (punch)||Urban Destruction 2||30 July 2005||1||0:54||Bristol, England|
|Win||8–2||Henry Armstrong Miller||KO (punch)||Pride Bushido 8||17 July 2005||1||1:21||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||7–2||Nikolajus Cilkinas||TKO (punches)||Urban Destruction 1||10 April 2005||1||1:04||England|
|Loss||6–2||Alexander Emelianenko||KO (left hook)||Pride 28||31 October 2004||1||0:11||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Dan Severn||Decision (unanimous)||UC 11: Wrath of the Beast||12 September 2004||5||5:00||Bristol, England|
|Loss||5–1||Tengiz Tedoradze||TKO (corner stoppage)||Ultimate Combat X||20 June 2004||2||5:00||England|
|Win||5–0||Aaron Marsa||Submission (neck injury)||UC 9: Rebellion||28 March 2004||1||0:20||Bristol, England|
|Win||4–0||Marc Goddard||KO (knee)||UC 8: Retribution||30 November 2003||1||0:18||Chippenham, England|
|Win||3–0||Richie Cranny||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UC 7: World Domination||6 September 2003||1||1:34||Chippenham, England|
|Win||2–0||Marc Goddard||Submission (strikes)||UC 6: Battle in the Cage||14 June 2003||2||0:47||Chippenham, England|
|Win||1–0||Will Elworthy||Submission (forearm choke)||Ground & Pound 2||25 January 2003||1||4:22||England|
Notes and references
- "Hungry for a good fight? SFL is here". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- "James Thomspon Joins Team Xtreme Couture". FightersOnlyMagazine.com. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- "James Thompson - 'The Colossus' - MMA Fighter Profile". ProElite.com. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- Carpinello, Dave. "Exclusive: James Thompson: The "Colossus" Returns". PunchDrunkGamer.com. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- "EliteXC "Primetime" Play-by-Play". Sherdog.com. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- Hunt, Loretta (28 July 2008). "EliteXC-CBS Ratings Down 43 Percent". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
- Phan, Kage. "Chaos at Strike Box in Montreal: Fans nearly Riot". MMATraining.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- Shnerer, Ariel. "James Thompson Responds to Near Riot at Titans Fighting". TheFightNetwork.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
- "Alistair Overeem vs. James Thompson official for Sunday's DREAM.12 event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
- http://twitter.com/SchiavelloVOICE/status/21864815890%7C SchiavelloVOICE Twitter
- "仰天カード実現!! 9・25『DREAM.16』日本ガイシホール大会追加対戦カード発表!!". dreamofficial.com. 2010-09-22.
- "Pudzianowski-‘Colossus’ Announced for May 21 KSW Card". Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki. 2011-05-08.
- "Weekend Rundown-Leg Injury Forces Bob-Sapp to Submit to James Thompson in India". Sherdog.com. 2012-03-11.
- "Production Begins on Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz". Dread Central. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
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