Stephen Thompson has likely locked up a shot at the UFC’s welterweight crown, and if and when he faces Robbie Lawler, he’s very confident his striking will rule the day.
Thompson moved into the #1 contender spot just a few days ago, after he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Rory MacDonald at UFC FN 89. Following the bout, Thompson relayed that if he gets his wish, Lawler will defeat Tyron Woodley at UFC 201, July 30th. The hope being that he’ll get tapped to fight “Ruthless” next.
Well, recently Thompson spoke with FOX Sports, and “Wonderboy” argued that his vaunted stand-up game will be too much for Lawler:
“I think I am the better striker. He’s the type of guy that stands in front of you, he’s very, very tough. I believe he’s slower than Rory MacDonald. I believe I’m faster than him. The speed is going to be tough for him, and I think the angles are going to be tough for him. But he’s a champion, he’s going to be coming with his ‘A’ game. I need to be ready for the best Robbie Lawler in the world.”
The Karate wiz also reported that “I know I can knock Robbie Lawler out”, so, obviously Thompson is feeling good about his chances. There’s certainly other folks who also believe that Thompson’s movement and diverse striking game would pose some serious difficulties for Lawler. Of course, Lawler didn’t become champ by accident, and when you have the kind of power he does, counting him out would be silly.
First things first, however, as Lawler needs to get by Woodley on July 30th. Woodley also has heavy hands and will probably keep Lawler on the defensive with his wrestling. So, it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
UFC 201 will go down in Atlanta, Georgia.