|Born||Oliver John Thompson
2 January 1980
East Sussex, England
|Other names||The Spartan|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||East Sussex, England|
|Team||Wolfslair MMA Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
mixed martial artist
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Representing United Kingdom|
|World's Strongest Man|
|Qualified||2008 World's Strongest Man|
|IFSA Strongman World Championships|
|Europe's Strongest Man|
|Qualified||2004 Europe's Strongest Man|
|Britain's Strongest Man|
|3rd||Britain's Strongest Man 2004|
|1st||Britain's Strongest Man 2006|
|IFSA British Championships|
|2nd||IFSA British Championships 2005|
|IFSA England's Strongest Man|
|3rd||IFSA England's Strongest Man 2005|
Oliver Thompson (born 2 January 1980) is an English strongman, mixed martial artist and former holder of the title Britain's Strongest Man. Thompson currently competes in the Heavyweight division, is a former UCMMA Heavyweight Champion, and has also previously competed for the UFC, KSW, and BAMMA.
Thompson is from East Sussex. He played rugby union at English county level and decided to try weight training. Thus, when he was 19 he joined Physiques gym in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex and within a matter of weeks he had broken the gym record for dead-lifting with a 260 kg lift. This prompted him to start to focus more on a strict routine of weight and strength in order to become a strength athlete.
Thompson's first competition was the 2001 UK's Strongest Man Qualifier. Although he did not qualify, he gained experience and remained focused on only competing in professional level events. In 2002 he won Kent's Strongest Man, taking first place in 5 out of 6 events. He went on to qualify in 2003 for Britain's Strongest Man ("BSM"), and in 2004 surpassed all expectations when he came third. This earned him the right to compete alongside the top strength athletes in the world at the Moscow Super Series 2004 (known as the 2004 Russia Grand Prix, although in 2004 this was not part of the WSM Super Series and again later in the year at Europe's Strongest Man in Poland).
In 2005 he opted to compete in the IFSA British Championships which was set up in direct rivalry with the BSM after IFSA parted company with the BSM and World's Strongest Man competition organiser TWI. He finished second in that competition to Mark Felix. Like many British strongmen he returned to the TWI British circuit in 2006 and won Britain's Strongest Man that year. He also competed in the 2006 IFSA World Championship where he made the final and came eighth. Disaster struck in February 2007, whilst he was training for the Mohegan Sun Super Series. He was deadlifting and he tore his biceps. Reportedly, he said that it did not hurt. He went on to say "No, there are no nerves in there, it didn’t hurt. I just heard it snap and I was just aware of it. You can feel it come up, but there’s no pain." Although the biceps was repaired Thompson has reported that it feels different and that "it’s just not quite as smooth." Although he has said that he does not think it will ever be the same, he has also said that: "When I get to a competition, I won’t be holding back because of my arm. I’ve already won Britain’s Strongest Man - you don’t want to go down - you’ve got to try and win Britain’s Strongest Man again or it’s pointless. So I’ve got to win it really. That’ll be how I judge where I go from there - if I win it or not. Second place isn’t something I’ll be chuffed with." Thompson trained intensively with training partner Scott Reid, the 2007 Britain’s Strongest Man in the 105 kg weight class. He went on to qualify for the finals of Britain's Strongest Man in 2008 and won his heat in the process. However, the injury was too proximate for him to fully challenge for the title in a field that was widely reported to have been one of the strongest ever.
Thompson had been closely associated with IFSA in the past but states that he always did what he wanted to do. Prior to the BSM 2008 he stated that "If I don’t qualify for Britain’s Strongest Man I may well end up doing the IFSA World Championships.".
As well as Thompson's successful British Finals, he also won the South England Strongest Man Championship three times (2003, 2004 and 2006) and Sussex Strongest Man on three consecutive occasions from 2003 to 2005. He has also competed in a number of Grand Prix events in Dubai, Latvia, Hungary. Thompson, who is 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall and weighs 20 stone (127 kg), is now in training for the world title in Helsinki in November. He is following in the footsteps of former British and Olympic shot-put champion Geoff Capes who twice won the world strongman title.
Oli Thompson made his mixed martial arts debut on 3 February 2009, defeating Ashley Pollard by a second round arm triangle choke. He has continued to fight since then, On 26 March 2011, after amassing a record of 7-2, with his only losses coming to future UFC Heavyweight Rob Broughton and former UFC fighter Joe Vedepo, Thompson took on defending UCMMA champion Ben Smith at UCMMA 19. Thompson won via second round rear naked choke, becoming the new UCMMA Heavyweight Champion. He then defended his title at UCMMA 21 - Stand Your Ground against boxer-turned mixed martial artist Mark Potter, again winning by rear naked choke, this time in the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Thompson signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was expected to make his debut against Philip De Fries at UFC 138. However, Thompson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Rob Broughton.
Inoki Genome Federation
Thompson entered the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) World Grand Prix for the vacant IGF Championship and fought in the Quarterfinal against Japanese legend Ikuhisa Minowa whom he defeated by Unanimous Decision at Inoki Genome Fight 3. Thompson next fought Chris Barnett in the Grand Prix semifinal at Inoki Genome Fight 4 to advance to the Championship match. Oli Thompson defeated Fernando Rodrigues, Jr by TKO in the first round to capture the 2015 IGF World GP and the IGF Championship.
In June 2016, it was announced that Thompson had signed with Bellator MMA. He made his promotional debut against Matt Mitrione on July 16, 2016 at Bellator 158. Thompson lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the second round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Challenge MMA
- UCMMA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Inoki Genome Federation
- IGF Championship (1 time, current)
- 2015 IGF World GP Championship
- ZT Fight Night
- ZT Fight Night Heavyweight tournament Finalist
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||17 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||17–10||Cheick Kongo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 172||February 18, 2017||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||17–9||Matt Mitrione||TKO (punches)||Bellator 158||July 16, 2016||2||4:21||London, England|
|Win||17–8||Fernando Rodrigues Júnior||TKO (punches)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015||December 31, 2015||1||2:08||Tokyo, Japan||Won IGF World GP 2015 and the IGF Championship.|
|Win||16–8||Michal Wlodarek||DQ (illegal knee)||KSW 32: Road to Wembley||October 31, 2015||3||1:42||London, England|
|Win||15–8||Chris Barnett||Decision (unanimous)||Inoki Genome Fight 4||August 29, 2015||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||IGF World Grand Prix Semi-Finals.|
|Win||14–8||Kamil Bazelak||TKO (knee)||Macto Championships: Osipczak vs. Redfearn||June 27, 2015||1||3:06||Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England|
|Win||13–8||Ikuhisa Minowa||Decision (unanimous)||Inoki Genome Fight 3||April 11, 2015||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||IGF World Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||12–8||Brett McDermott||KO (punches)||BAMMA 17||December 6, 2014||1||1:43||Manchester, England||Light-Heavyweight Debut|
|Loss||12–7||Mariusz Pudzianowski||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 27: Cage Time||May 17, 2014||2||5:00||Gdansk, Poland|
|Loss||12–6||Gzim Selmani||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||BAMMA 15||April 5, 2014||1||0:18||London, England|
|Win||12–5||Kamil Walus||TKO (punches)||KSW 25: Khalidov vs. Sakurai||December 7, 2013||2||1:34||Wroclaw, Poland|
|Win||11–5||Kevin Asplund||TKO (punches)||GWC: The British Invasion: US vs. UK||June 29, 2013||1||3:21||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Karol Bedorf||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 22: Pride Time||March 16, 2013||3||5:00||Warsaw, Poland|
|Win||10–4||Ivan Pioneer||Submission (punches)||CSMMA: Ultimate Conflict 3||November 10, 2012||1||0:45||London, England|
|Loss||9–4||Phil De Fries||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||2||4:16||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Shawn Jordan||TKO (knee and punches)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||2||3:53||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||9–2||Mark Potter||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 21: Stand Your Ground||June 25, 2011||1||2:55||London England||Defended UCMMA Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||8–2||Ben Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UCMMA 19: Lights Out||March 26, 2011||2||3:44||London, England||Won UCMMA Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||7–2||Nikki Kent||TKO (punches)||ZTFN: Enter the Octagon||December 3, 2010||1||N/A||Hove, East Sussex|
|Win||6–2||Tomasz Czerwinski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ZTFN: Stand Your Ground||July 31, 2010||1||N/A||Eastbourne, East Sussex|
|Win||5–2||Ian Hawkins||Decision (unanimous)||UCMMA 13: Feel the Pain||June 20, 2010||3||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||4–2||Rob Broughton||Decision (unanimous)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||3||5:00||Hove, England|
|Loss||4–1||Joe Vedepo||TKO (punches)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||2||1:24||Hove, England|
|Win||4–0||Steve Day||KO (punch)||ZT Fight Night: Heavyweights Collide||January 30, 2010||1||1:07||Hove, England|
|Win||3–0||Tomasz Kamienczyk||TKO (punches)||ZT Fight Night: Night of Champions||August 21, 2009||1||N/A||Hove, England|
|Win||2–0||Ashley Pollard||Submission (punches)||ZT Fight Night 16: The Heat is on||June 19, 2009||1||2:19||Hove, England|
|Win||1–0||Ashley Pollard||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ZT Fight Night 15||April 3, 2009||2||N/A||Hove, England|
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