Stephen Thompson (fighter) Biography, Age, Height, Image, Wife, Net worth, Highlights, UFC fights, Record And News

Stephen Thompson Biography | Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson(full name: Stephen Randall Thompson) is an American professional mixed martial artist and former professional full-contact kickboxer who currently fights as a welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Thompson is undefeated through 37 amateur and 20 professional kickboxing matches. He has trained with former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and currently trains with his brother-in-law, former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.
Thompson is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished strikers in UFC history. As of March 4, 2019, he is #3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.

Stephen Thompson Age

Stephen Randall Thompson is 36 years old as of 2019. He was born on February 11, 1983, in Simpsonville, South Carolina, United States

Stephen Thompson Height And Weight

He has a height of 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) tall and Weight of 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)

Stephen Thompson Personal life

Thompson’s brother-in-law is Carlos Machado. Additionally, Thompson’s brother is married to Chris Weidman’s sister.

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Stephen Thompson Background

Growing up in a martial arts family where Thompson’s father, Ray Thompson, who was a professional kickboxer and owned Upstate karate school in South Carolina, Thompson started training at age of three, under his father’s guidance. He started competing in kickboxing and karate at the age of 15.

Stephen Thompson Wife and brother in law

Thompson keeps his personal life very much private and it’s unclear if he is seeing anyone at the moment. Thompson’s sister is married to Brazilian Jui-Jitsu world champion Carlos Machado.

He also considers longtime sparring partner Chris Weidman family, as Thompson’s brother is married to Weidman’s sister.

Stephen Thompson Net worth

According to celebritynetworth.com, Thompson currently has a net worth of $3 million. Apart from his post-fight purses, Thompson has received bonuses by winning KO of the night (one time), Fight of the Night (one time), and Performance of the Night (thrice).

Stephen Thompson Gym

Thompson trains out of Pitch Black MMA and is also a member of the elite Serra-Longo Fight Team.  Aside from picking the brain of Ray Longo and Matt Serra, Thompson is coached by his father and now a trainer and manager Ray, who was also a professional kickboxer back in the day.

Stephen Thompson Martial arts career

Kickboxing
Thompson is the Head Instructor of the children’s karate program at Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is the oldest son of Ray Thompson, who is his trainer and manager. Thompson graduated from high school in 2001. He has been studying martial arts since his pre-teens and holds black belt ranks in Tetsushin-ryū Kempo, American Kickboxing and Jujutsu. He studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado who is also his brother-in-law.
In 2006, Thompson was the #1 ranked fighter in Chuck Norris’ World Combat League.
Thompson has also been featured in Martial Arts Digest magazine, Fighter magazine, and MMA Authority magazine.
Thompson has performed along with his father at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in the “Athletes Project”, and has appeared in several TV commercials.
Thompson fought Raymond Daniels in a highly anticipated bout. Thompson lost the bout by technical knockout due to a knee injury he suffered that left him unable to continue. However, this was later overturned into a no contest.

Stephen Thompson UFC

2012
Thompson was expected to face Justin Edwards on February 4, 2012, at UFC 143, replacing an injured Mike Stumpf. However, Edwards was forced out with an injury and replaced by Dan Stittgen. Thompson won the fight via KO in the first round after landing a flush head kick. For his performance, Thompson was awarded Knockout of the Night honors.
Thompson lost to Matt Brown on April 21, 2012, at UFC 145 via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–27, and 30–27).
Thompson was expected to face Besam Yousef on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154. However, Thompson was forced out of the bout with a knee injury and was replaced by Matthew Riddle.
2013
Thompson was expected to face Amir Sadollah on May 25, 2013, at UFC 160. However, Sadollah pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Nah-Shon Burrell. Thompson won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, and 29–28).
Thompson next faced Chris Clements on September 21, 2013, at UFC 165. He won the fight via knockout in the second round.
2014
Thompson faced Robert Whittaker on February 22, 2014, at UFC 170. He won the bout via first-round technical knockout. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Thompson faced Patrick Côté on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. Thompson won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 30–27).
2015
Thompson was expected to headline against Brandon Thatch on February 14, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 60.[26] However, Thompson pulled out of the fight on January 30, citing a rib injury and was replaced by former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson.
Thompson faced Jake Ellenberger on July 12, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale. He won the fight via KO in the first round and earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
2016
Thompson was expected to face Neil Magny on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195. However, Magny was tabbed as an injury replacement for Matt Brown and instead faced Kelvin Gastelum on November 21, 2015, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. In turn, Thompson was removed from the card and rebooked to face former champion Johny Hendricks on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82. He won the bout via TKO in the first round. The win also earned Thompson his third Performance of the Night bonus award.
Thompson next faced Rory MacDonald on June 18, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 89. He won the fight via unanimous decision (50–45, 50–45, and 48–47).
Thompson fought for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 205, where he faced reigning champion, Tyron Woodley. The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring the fight 47–47 and the third 48–47 in favor of Woodley. However, there was some confusion as the result was initially announced as a split decision victory for Woodley only to be corrected moments later when the decision of a majority draw was announced, albeit with the same result of Woodley remaining champion. Subsequently, both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus awards. UFC President Dana White stated that he expected that a rematch would be next for each fighter.
2017
The rematch with Woodley took place on March 4, 2017, in the main event at UFC 209. Thompson lost by majority decision (48–47, 47–47, and 48–47). In a sample of 19 media pundits scoring the fight, five scored it in favor of Woodley, six scored in favor of Thompson, and eight scored it a draw.
Thompson faced Jorge Masvidal on November 4, 2017, at UFC 217. He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, and 30–27).
2018
Thompson faced Darren Till on May 27, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 130. At the weigh-ins, Till weighed in at 174.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit of 171. After negotiating with Thompson’s team, the bout proceeded at a catchweight with the stipulation that Till can’t weigh more than 188 pounds on the day of the fight. Also, Till forfeited 30 percent of his purse to Thompson. Thompson lost via unanimous decision (48–47, 49–46, and 49–46). Conversely, 22 of 25 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Thompson.
2019
Thompson faced former UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the headliner of UFC on ESPN+ 6 on March 23, 2019. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round.

Stephen Thompson Mixed martial arts record

Res.

Record

Opponent

Method

Event

Date

Round

Time

Location

Loss

14–4–1

Anthony Pettis

KO (punches)

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Pettis

March 23, 2019

2

4:55

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Loss

14–3–1

Darren Till

Decision (unanimous)

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Till

May 27, 2018

5

5:00

Liverpool, England

Win

14–2–1

Jorge Masvidal

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 217

November 4, 2017

3

5:00

New York City, New York, United States

Loss

13–2–1

Tyron Woodley

Decision (majority)

UFC 209

March 4, 2017

5

5:00

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Draw

13–1–1

Tyron Woodley

Draw (majority)

UFC 205

November 12, 2016

5

5:00

New York City, New York, United States

Win

13–1

Rory MacDonald

Decision (unanimous)

UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson

June 18, 2016

5

5:00

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Win

12–1

Johny Hendricks

TKO (punches)

UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson

February 6, 2016

1

3:31

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

11–1

Jake Ellenberger

KO (spinning hook kick)

The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale

July 12, 2015

1

4:29

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

10–1

Patrick Côté

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 178

September 27, 2014

3

5:00

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

9–1

Robert Whittaker

TKO (punches)

UFC 170

February 22, 2014

1

3:43

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

8–1

Chris Clements

KO (punches)

UFC 165

September 21, 2013

2

1:27

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Win

7–1

Nah-Shon Burrell

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 160

May 25, 2013

3

5:00

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Loss

6–1

Matt Brown

Decision (unanimous)

UFC 145

April 21, 2012

3

5:00

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Win

6–0

Dan Stittgen

KO (head kick)

UFC 143

February 4, 2012

1

4:13

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Win

5–0

Patrick Mandio

Decision (unanimous)

Fight Party: Masquerade Fight Party

October 1, 2011

3

5:00

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Win

4–0

William Kuhn

Decision (unanimous)

Xtreme Chaos 2

July 15, 2011

3

5:00

Anderson, South Carolina, United States

Win

3–0

Marques Worrell

Submission (rear-naked choke)

Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting 2

September 18, 2010

2

3:08

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Win

2–0

Daniel Finz

TKO (punches)

Fight Party: Xtreme Cage Fighting 2

May 22, 2010

1

3:45

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Win

1–0

Jeremy Joles

TKO (head kick and punches)

Fight Party: Greenville Kage Fighting

February 5, 2010

2

3:40

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Highlights, UFC fights, and record

Known best for his unorthodox karate style, the 36-year-old fighter often presents a precarious, methodical approach to his fights. But underneath the technicality lies a stunning, fight-ending power, which he first displayed in his UFC debut against Dan Stittgen. Thompson KO’ed Stittgen stiff with a head kick in just under a round. He also finished Chris Clements and former UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

His most devastating highlights were against two of the division’s hardest hitters, as he also finished Jake Ellenberger and former WW king Johny Hendricks. Thompson currently holds a 14-3-1 record.

Stephen Thompson News

Stephen Thompson gives an update after UFC Nashville KO loss: ‘I don’t even remember a dang thing’

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson
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Coming off of his first-ever knockout loss, Stephen Thompson was in as good a mood as one can be.

“Wonderboy” was unavailable to speak to the media about his defeat at the hands of Anthony Pettis in Saturday’s UFC Nashville main event as he was taken to the hospital shortly after. However, the two-time welterweight title challenger later shared a live video on social media to provide an update on his status and address fan comments, all with a smile on his face:

https://www.facebook.com/Wonderboymma/videos/424110601656537/?t=4

“I’m at the hospital, I just got knocked out,” Thompson said. “I don’t even remember a dang thing. All I just remember is punching him in the face, his nose bleeding, and then I wake up in the back. … But I’m okay, everything’s good.

“Crap happens, you know? It happens, especially when you’re in this sport long enough.”

Thompson, 36, has been competing in karate, kickboxing, and MMA for over 20 years and had never been knocked out before Pettis put him down on Saturday. The fight lasted nearly two rounds with Thompson dominating the majority of the action before being tagged with an incredible Superman punch that immediately robbed him of his consciousness.