Oli Thompson

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Oli Thompson
Born Oliver John Thompson
(1980-01-02) 2 January 1980 (age 38)
East Sussex, England
Other names The Spartan
Residence London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 223.1 lb (101.2 kg)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Fighting out of East Sussex, England
Team Wolfslair MMA Academy
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 18
By knockout 8
By submission 6
By decision 3
By disqualification 1
Losses 10
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 4
Occupation Strongman
mixed martial artist
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Competition record
Representing  United Kingdom
World's Strongest Man
18th 2008 World's Strongest Man
IFSA Strongman World Championships
8th 2006
Europe's Strongest Man
18th 2004 Europe's Strongest Man
Representing  England
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.

Strongman career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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."[2] 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."[2] 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.".[2]

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.[2] 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.

MMA career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Thompson signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and was expected to make his debut against Philip De Fries at UFC 138.[5] However, Thompson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Rob Broughton.[6]

Thompson made his official debut against UFC newcomer Shawn Jordan at UFC on FX 2. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round after a back-and-forth fight.[7]

Thompson next fought Phil De Fries at UFC on FOX 4, in his second UFC outing.[8] He lost via submission in the second round and was subsequently released from the promotion.


Thompson headlined BAMMA 15 against Albanian Heavyweight Gzim Selmani.[9] Thompson lost the fight via technical submission (guillotine choke).

Inoki Genome Federation[edit]

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.

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.

In his second fight for the promotion, Thompson faced former training partner Cheick Kongo at Bellator 172 on February 18, 2017. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–10 Xiaolong Deng TKO (knees to the body) Road FC 047 May 12, 2018 2 3:49 Beijing, China Road FC 2018 Openweight Grand Prix Round One.
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 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 Semifinal.
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.[10]
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 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 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 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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  3. ^ Rhisiart ap William. "UCMMA 19 Results". ucmma.com. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sources: Thompson-De Fries Targeted for UFC 138 in England". Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "After injuries, De Fries-Broughton slated for UFC 138". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "UFC on FX 2:Alves vs. Kampmann". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "UK UFC News - Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson At UFC On Fox 4". YourMMA.tv. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "FightCenter - Tapology". Tapology. 
  10. ^ "INOKI GENOME FIGHT 3 - アントニオ猪木 IGFプロレスリング". Igf.jp. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 

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Preceded by
Mick Gosling
Britain's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Terry Hollands