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Stephen Thompson: Tyron Woodley’s “Nowhere Near” Conor McGregor’s Popularity Level, Fans Upset…

Kelsey Mowatt

Stephen Thompson

Dana White has said that Stephen Thompson will challenge for the 170 title next, but the latter is still taking issue with Tyron Woodley’s insistence he won’t fight “Wonderboy” in his first title defense.

Following Thompson’s decision win over Rory MacDonald in June, the consensus was that the vaunted striker had earned a title shot. But, after Woodley bombed out Robbie Lawler in July to become champ, he called for big money fights with Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre. Woodley also called on Thompson to go fight Lawler, since the contender had argued that he, rather than Woodley, deserved a title shot. Thompson also predicted Lawler would win.

Well, recently Thompson appeared on Submission Radio, and he had this to say about the new champ (quote via MMA Mania.com):

“….And then he hits me with the, “na, you wanted to fight Robbie, so you’re gonna fight Robbie. I’m gonna get a money fight”. I was like, are you…I was laughing, but in my head I was like, is this guy kidding? This guy’s gotta be kidding. What champion doesn’t accept the number one contender? You know what I mean? That’s just how it goes. You defend that title a few times before you ever starting asking for a money fight. Come on, what’s going on? I mean, you hear Conor McGregor doing that, but Tyron’s nowhere near the level of Conor McGregor when it comes to marketing and popularity. He’s just not there. I think everybody else, the fans see that as well. And it upset not just me, but a lot of other fans and people that follow the UFC too.”

You can understand Woodley wanted to cash in by fighting say GSP or Diaz. But there seems to be a lot of fans who think Woodley should just agree to fight Thompson. Although, if the UFC comes to a new agreement with St-Pierre, perhaps Thompson’s title shot will get punted down the line?

Diaz has already said he’s not interested in fighting Woodley, unless the UFC makes him a big offer. Considering Diaz has lost his last two bouts at 170, that’s unlikely to happen.

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