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Stephen Thompson Credits Chris Weidman For Helping Him Crack Top 10

Kelsey Mowatt

Stephen Thompson

Things are going pretty, pretty, pretty well these days in the career of Stephen Thompson, and he says training with UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman is one of the reasons.

Thompson is coming off a headkick, KO win over Jake Ellenberger in July, which buzzed the MMA world a couple of times over. It was “Wonderboy’s” fifth straight win, and now the Karate titan is ranked #8 in the UFC’s welterweight division.

Recently Thompson talked to UFC.com about the victory, and the run he’s been on, and had this to say:

“It is every fighter’s goal in this division to break that top 10 barrier and now I’ve done that,” Thompson said. “I’m ranked No. 8 now and I know there has been talk about me fighting guys who are ranked several spots lower, but I’m only interested in moving forward, and the only way to do that is to face guys ranked higher than I am. Don’t get me wrong: Every fighter in the UFC is good, but the fighters in the top 10 are there for a reason. A lot of them are strong wrestlers and that’s why I’m thankful to be working with Chris Weidman as much as I do.”

Yes, training with one of the sports most accomplished wrestlers and best pound-for-pound fighters has got to help…If Thompson continues to improve his wrestling, then he’s going to give a lot of top tier guys some trouble.

Thompson was also asked to weigh-in on Weidman’s December 12th bout with Luke Rockhold, and not surprisingly, he went with the champ. Thompson credited Rockhold for being a good fighter, but argued the challenger “doesn’t have anything” on Weidman.

Guess we’ll see at UFC 194. Thompson, meanwhile, isn’t booked for his next fight.

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