Stephen Thompson continues to recover from having surgery, but when he returns to the Octagon, “Wonderboy” isn’t interested in taking a warm-up fight.
Thompson is coming off a decision loss to Tyron Woodley in March, which marked the second time he fought the welterweight champ, as last November, they battled to a majority draw. After their rematch, the vaunted striker underwent knee surgery, and it remains to be seen when and who Thompson will fight next.
“The goal, to be honest, the goal is to be able to fight in September. I’m not really sure what fights they have in September. Late August, early September’s the plan, but we’ll talk with my management company, the UFC and see if we can get something going. I want to fight someone in the top five, but the question is who? I wanted Robbie Lawler to begin with, but I know he’s fighting Donald Cerrone coming up. Demian Maia, I hear he has the next title shot. Not really sure what Carlos Condit is doing. I don’t know if he’s back in his training, if he’s gonna retire. I know there was some talks about him doing that. I would love to fight Carlos Condit. The number five-ranked guy right now is Jorge Masvidal. I would love to fight him. Anybody in that top five I think would be perfect, man. I would love to fight you once this knee heals up, which is the truth. I wanna fight the best guys… He’s a tough opponent, good striking, good Muay Thai and I think it would just be fireworks.”
Bouts with either Condit or Masvidal would definitely go to the ‘must see’ list, although, as Thompson noted, it’s not clear what Condit’s plans are. Following Masvidal’s tightly contested, split decision loss to Demian Maia, he resumed his call outs to Neil Magny, but nothing’s materialized.
Although Masvidal has also said he hopes to fight this summer, one would think he’d be down for a bout with Thompson, if nothing else is tabled. Thompson is currently ranked #2 and Masvidal is #4.