Stephen Thompson (fighter)

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Stephen Thompson
Born Stephen Thompson
(1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 32)
Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA
Other names Wonderboy
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[1]
Style American Kickboxing, Kempo Karate
Fighting out of Simpsonville, SC, USA
Team Upstate Karate
Pitch Black MMA[2]
Trainer Firas Zahabi
Ray Thompson
Carlos Machado
Rank      5th degree black belt in Kempo Karate
     2nd degree black belt in Ju-Jitsu
     Black belt in American Kickboxing
     Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado[3]
Years active 2010 – present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 20
Wins 20
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 10
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 1
By decision 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Stephen Randall Thompson[4] (born February 11, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and former kickboxer who currently fights as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is undefeated through 37 amateur and 20 professional kickboxing matches, with 28 wins by knockout.[5]

Martial arts career[edit]


Thompson is the Head Instructor of the children’s karate program at Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is the oldest son of Ray Thompson, who is his trainer and manager. Thompson graduated from high school in 2001. He has been studying martial arts since his pre-teens and holds black belt ranks in Kempo Karate, American Kickboxing and Ju-Jitsu. He studies total combact under Fabio Martella. He studies Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Carlos Machado who is also his brother-in-law.

In 2006, Thompson was the #1 ranked fighter in Chuck NorrisWorld Combat League.

Thompson has also been featured in Martial Arts Digest magazine, Fighter magazine and MMA Authority magazine.

Thompson has performed along with his father at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in the “Athletes Project”, and has appeared in several TV commercials.

Thompson fought Raymond Daniels in a highly anticipated bout. Thompson originally lost the history-making bout by TKO due to an injury. The injury suffered during the bout left Thompson unable to continue. The bout was later ruled to be No Contest and is not recognized on either kickboxer's respective records, professional or amateur.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Thompson was expected to face Justin Edwards on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Mike Stumpf.[6] However, Edwards was forced out with an injury and replaced by Dan Stittgen.[7] Thompson won the fight via KO in the first round after landing a flush head kick. For his performance, Thompson was awarded Knockout of the Night honors.

Thompson lost to Matt Brown on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145 via unanimous decision.[8]

Thompson was expected to face Besam Yousef on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[9] However, Thompson was forced out of the bout with a knee injury and was replaced by Matthew Riddle.[10]

Thompson was expected to face Amir Sadollah on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[11] However, Sadollah pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Nah-Shon Burrell.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Thompson next faced Chris Clements on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[13] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.

Thompson faced Robert Whittaker on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[14] He won the bout via first round technical knockout. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Thompson faced Patrick Côté on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[16] Thompson won the fight via unanimous decision.

Thompson was expected to headline against Brandon Thatch on February 14, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60, but was forced out of the bout due to a fractured rib.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson started training at age of 3 with Kempo karate. His father was a professional fighter and owned a karate school. Thompson's brother-in-law is Carlos Machado. At age of 14 he began practicing Ju-Jitsu and American kickboxing. He began practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age of 20 and mixed martial arts at 26. His brother Evan Thompson is also a mixed martial artist, who competed on the Legacy FC 28 fight card in February 2014, and is 4-0.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


All championship information from[18]

  • 1999 I.S.K.A Georgia State Middleweight Amateur Champion
  • 2000 I.S.K.A Southeast Middleweight Amateur Champion
  • 2000 I.K.F South East Light Middleweight Amateur Champion
  • 2000 I.K.F National Amateur Tournament Middleweight Champion
  • 2000 P.K.C National Light Middleweight Amateur Champion
  • 2000 U.S.A.K.B.F North American Middleweight Amateur Champion
  • 2001 I.K.F National Amateur Tournament Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 2002 I.K.F National Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  • 2002 I.K.F North American Amateur Tournament Light Cruiserweight Champion
  • 2001 P.K.C National Light Heavyweight Amateur Champion
  • 2001 U.S.A.K.B.F Light Heavyweight Amateur World Champion
  • 2001 W.P.K.A Light Heavyweight Amateur World Champion
  • 2003 I.K.F Light Cruiserweight Amateur World Champion
  • 2003 I.A.K.S.A Cruiserweight World Champion
  • 2005 W.A.K.O Cruiserweight World Champion

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–1 Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Robert Whittaker TKO (punches) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 3:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night
Win 8–1 Chris Clements TKO (punches) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 2 1:27 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 7–1 Nah-Shon Burrell Decision (unanimous) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–1 Matt Brown Decision (unanimous) UFC 145 April 21, 2012 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 6–0 Dan Stittgen KO (head kick) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 1 4:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 5–0 Patrick Mandio Decision (unanimous) Fight Party - Masquerade Fight Party October 1, 2011 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–0 William Kuhn Decision (unanimous) XC - Xtreme Chaos 2 July 15, 2011 3 5:00 Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Win 3–0 Marques Worrell Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Party - Greenville Kage Fighting September 18, 2010 2 3:08 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win 2–0 Daniel Finz TKO (punches) Fight Party - Xtreme Cage Fighting 2 May 22, 2010 1 3:45 Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Win 1–0 Jeremy Joles TKO (punches) Fight Party - Greenville Kage Fighting February 5, 2010 2 3:40 Greenville, South Carolina, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Print Fight Card - UFC 178 Johnson vs. Cariaso". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sherdog: Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson". 
  3. ^ "Stephen Thompson - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "StephenThompson". Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  6. ^ "Stumpf injured, replacement Thompson meets Edwards at UFC 143". January 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Justin Edwards injured, Dan Stittgen faces Stephen Thompson at UFC 143". January 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta". February 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Stephen Thompson Takes on Besam Yousef at UFC 154". August 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matt Riddle replaces Stephen Thompson, meets Besam Yousef at UFC 154". October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event". January 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-04-03). "Amir Sadollah injured, Nah-Shon Burrell now meets Stephen Thompson at UFC 160". Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  13. ^ Keith Grienke (2013-07-03). "Can the Menace Stop Wonderboy? Find Out UFC 165 in Toronto!". Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  14. ^ Matt Erickson. "UFC 170 adds Stephen Thompson vs. ‘TUF’ winner Robert Whittaker". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  15. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2014-02-23). "UFC 170 bonuses: Rousey, Maia, MacDonald and Thompson each take home $50,000". Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  16. ^ Grienke, Keith (July 13, 2014). "The Predator vs Wonderboy at UFC 178". TopMMANews. 
  18. ^ "Wonderboy MMA". Wonderboy MMA. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

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