Stephen Thompson (fighter)
February 11, 1983
Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Style||American Kickboxing, Kempo Karate|
|Fighting out of||Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States|
Pitch Black MMA
5th degree black belt in Tetsushin Ryu |
1st degree black belt in Tetsu Shin Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Black belt in American Kickboxing
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado
|Years active||2010 – present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Stephen Randall Thompson (born February 11, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former professional full-contact kickboxer who currently fights as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Thompson is undefeated through 37 amateur and 20 professional kickboxing matches, with 28 wins by knockout. He is currently #3 in official UFC welterweight rankings and ranked as the #4 welterweight in the world by Sherdog. He also has been a long-time training partner of former UFC welterweight and middleweight champions, Georges St-Pierre and Chris Weidman.
Martial arts career
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 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado who is also his brother-in-law.
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
Thompson was expected to face Justin Edwards on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143, replacing an injured Mike Stumpf. However, Edwards was forced out with an injury and replaced by Dan Stittgen. 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 was expected to face Amir Sadollah on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160. However, Sadollah pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Nah-Shon Burrell. Thompson won the fight via unanimous decision.
Thompson was expected to face Neil Magny on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195. However, Magny was tabbed as an injury replacement for Matt Brown and instead faced Kelvin Gastelum on November 21, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. In turn, Thompson was removed from the card and rebooked to face former champion Johny Hendricks on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82. In a significant upset, he won the bout via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Thompson his third Performance of the Night bonus award.
Thompson started training at age of three 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. Thompson began practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age of 20 and mixed martial arts at 26.
Thompson is a practicing Christian.
His brother Evan Thompson is also a mixed martial artist and is 5-2.
Championships and accomplishments
All championship information from WonderBoyMMA.com
- 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
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|13 matches||12 wins||1 loss|
|Win||12–1||Johny Hendricks||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||1||3:31||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Jake Ellenberger||KO (spinning hook kick)||The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale||July 12, 2015||1||4:29||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|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||KO (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)||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 2||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|
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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- Countdown to UFC 187: Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
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- "Justin Edwards injured, Dan Stittgen faces Stephen Thompson at UFC 143". mmajunkie.com. January 19, 2012.
- "Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson added to April's UFC 145 event in Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2012.
- "Stephen Thompson Takes on Besam Yousef at UFC 154". studiomma.com. August 28, 2012.
- "Matt Riddle replaces Stephen Thompson, meets Besam Yousef at UFC 154". MMAjunkie.com. October 29, 2012.
- "Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson scheduled for Memorial Day weekend UFC event". bloodyelbow.com. January 28, 2013.
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- Staff (2015-01-30). "Stephen Thompson out of UFC Fight Night 60 main event, Brandon Thatch awaits a replacement". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
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- Mike Sloan (2015-07-12). "‘TUF 21’ Finale Bonuses: Thompson, Usman, Masvidal, Samman nab $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- Brett Okamoto (2015-10-22). "Stephen Thompson, Neil Magny agree to fight at UFC 195". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
- Marc Raimondi (2015-11-03). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny to headline TUF Latin America Finale with Matt Brown out". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
- "Johny Hendericks vs. Stephen Thompson set for UFC Fight Night 82 on February 6 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
- Brian Knapp (2016-02-07). "Stephen Thompson obliterates former champ Johny Hendricks in UFC Fight Night 82 headliner". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
- Staff (2016-02-07). "UFC Fight Night 82 bonuses: 'Wonderboy' gets $50,000 for biggest win of career". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
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