Although Stephen Thompson has failed on two occasions now to capture the UFC’s welterweight crown, the highlight reel striker’s not abandoning his dream of becoming champ.
For the second time in approximately four months, Thompson was unable to end Tyron Woodley’s reign as welterweight king this past weekend at UFC 209. After 25 minutes, Woodley was handed the majority decision win, and back in November, when they fought for the first time, the bout was declared a majority draw.
After the lacklustre fight, Thompson had this to say, while discussing his future and aspirations (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I hope not a seven-fight (winning streak to get a title shot) – I hope it’s not that many,” Thompson said. “But I could see myself fighting for that title again. I’m not giving up. So I’m going to go back to the drawing board. I’m 34. I’m a young 34. So I’ve got plenty of time, I believe.”
Considering who Thompson has defeated during his run in the UFC, and because of his abilities, it would be silly to rule him out as a contender at this juncture. After all, both of his bouts with Woodley were very close, and a lot of people had him winning at UFC 209.
But, as long as Woodley’s champion, Thompson’s going to have to wait a while before he gets another crack at the belt. It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches “Wonderboy” up next. What about Robbie Lawler or Carlos Condit?