UFC: Stephen Thompson Lists The Fighters He’s Interested In Fighting
Two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Stephen Thompson got back to winning ways at UFC 244, beating Vicente Luque. The much needed win came after losing back-to-back fights for the first time in his professional MMA career, against Darren Till and Anthony Pettis.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Thompson revealed who is he interested in fighting next.
“I’m looking at [Jorge] Masvidal, I’m looking at Colby Covington and [Leon] Edwards is really who I’m focused on,” Thompson said. “And you know what, if I don’t get any of those guys, give me a name. Give me Nate Diaz. I would fight that guy in a heartbeat.”
Thompson, who is currently ranked number five in the UFC welterweight division, is looking to return in the Octagon in the summer.
“Either July, August would be amazing, too,” Thompson said. “I’m in the top five right now, We’re not really sure who they would put me up against. I’m asking for a top-five guy, or give me a name. Colby Covington, Masvidal, if the Tyron [Woodley] and Edwards fight doesn’t happen, maybe Edwards. I mean, that would be an amazing fight, too, so keeping my options open.”
Masvidal’s recent success came after losing a decision to Thompson in 2017. ‘Wonderboy’ sees that as an inspiration and would gladly have a rematch.
“He’s given me some inspiration, you know? I was his last loss and from then on, he’s been on this awesome winning streak. He’s one of the most popular guys in the UFC right now, and he’s ranked higher than me. Obviously anybody that is ranked above me is an option, so I wouldn’t mind it. I know he’s always game to fight anybody, so yeah, any one of those guys for sure.
“I think Colby Covington is the most predictable out of all,” Thompson said. “He’s got a gas tank like crazy, and he just shoots, shoots, shoots, and shoots. May not be the most exciting fight, but I wouldn’t mind it, and Edwards is a high-level MMA fighter. When you first saw him, he was more of a striker. Now he’s putting everything together. His wrestling, jiu-jitsu, he was taking it to RDA, controlling him on the ground, the same thing when he fought Vicente Luque, so those guys are very hard to prepare for, but those are the guys I’d like to fight.”
Who do you think Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson should fight next?