After undergoing surgery earlier this year, Stephen Thompson is mapping out plans for his return, and he hopes they involve either Robbie Lawler or Jorge Masvidal.
Thompson has’t fought since March, when he dropped a majority decision loss to welterweight champ, Tyron Woodley. That fight was booked after the two fought to a draw in November.
Following the fight, Thompson underwent knee surgery, and he’s been sidelined since. Recently, however, he told BJ Penn.com that his doctor has cleared him for training, and Thompson relayed he hopes to fight again in November.
While discussing an opponent for his next scrap, the vaunted striker had this to say about Lawler and Masvidal:
“I wouldn’t mind that at all [a fight with Lawler] to be honest with you. I would love to fight Lawler. That is who I was planning on fighting before I got matched up with Tyron. Robbie defended the title the most times since Georges St-Pierre. At one point I was really focused on fighting Lawler so it would be really cool to actually step out in the octagon with him. With that said, I did tell Masvidal I would fight him. We verbally agreed to that so I don’t want to go back on that. Plus, from what I’m hearing Robbie is likely to be fighting for the title next, which he deserves, so right now I have Masvidal on my mind man.”
Both of those fights make sense from a ranking’s and stylistic perspective. Thompson is currently ranked #1, but since he’s failed to end the reign of Woodley twice, he needs to score a win. Lawler is sitting in the #2 spot and Masvidal is ranked #4. Since both Lawler and Masvidal are aggressive fighters, either match-up would surely entertain.
Thompson’s comment about Lawler possible fighting for the title next is interesting. You have to wonder if Thompson heard that before it was reported that Woodley has an injured shoulder, and will be out for a while. One would think that the UFC will book Lawler for another fight in the interim.