Thompson hopes to come back stronger
Stephen Thompson took a hard hit when he was beaten by Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. The star said it is not the end of the line for him just yet and vows to come back stronger than ever. This is a huge promise from a star who’s been always keen to win in most of his fights.
Thompson’s loss to Burns was the hardest pill to swallow for any fighter. That fight in Las Vegas saw a slugfest of three rounds where he lost 29-28 on the scorecard. That marked the end of his win streak of two games in a row.
While Thompson is known for having one of the best takedown defenses in the division, he could not even beat Burns from bringing the fight to the ground. He had some takedowns in each round but it was Burns who owned the top position.
There was even a set of wild blows to end round one. The two stars went at one another as they punched each other in the face while resting on the cage. It was almost the same as the iconic fight between Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama at Pride FC.
A win could have given Thompson a chance to fight Kamaru Usman in his next fight. He has beaten both Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque in his past two matches. At the age of 38, Thompson may have slipped past his chance for a title for one last time.
Thompson is now out of the picture, which leaves just a few more names who would be in line to fight Kamaru Usman. Both Colby Covington and Leon Edwards are the best names who are said to be the best options for this fight soon. The star would surely want to get the best chance to fight once more.
Despite the loss, Thompson still hopes to come back from the loss and he promised to return as a better fighter soon. He thanked all those who supported him in his quest for a title run and claimed his career is far from over. This shows how much grit he has in him and why he is still one of the best MMA stars.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores