Stephen Thompson Calls For Ban on Side Kicks to Knee, Following Darren Till Bout
By FCF Staff
Recently Stephen Thompson confirmed that he tore his MCL during his fight with Darren Till, and “Wonderboy” is calling for a ban on the strike that he believes caused it.
Thompson faced Till at UFC FN 130 last month, and lost the competitive fight with the rising welterweight via unanimous decision. Recently the talented striker spoke with BJ Penn.com, and Thompson relayed he believes he injured his knee, after taking a side kick from Till to the joint in round two.
“I honestly think that strike should be made illegal. It could end somebodies career. You know Robert Whittaker had to have ACL surgery following his first fight with Yoel Romero due to that particular strike. And as you could see, Robert Whittaker made sure to beat Yoel Romero to the punch in their second fight. He threw a lot more than he did this time around. It is just a very dangerous technique. I think a lot of fighters throw that strike but sometimes it is for different reasons. When I fought Jorge Masvidal he used that same side kick to the knee. But when Jorge threw it, he was doing so just to keep me away. Not in an attempt to injure my knee. But when I was in the cage fighting Till it felt like ok this guy is trying to break my leg. It was like he had intentions of ripping everything out in my knee. That’s how I felt anyway. Like this dude is really trying to injure me in here. I think it an ugly strike and that it should be made illegal.”
The 35 year-old fighter also reported that the injury will not require surgery, but that he’ll need to take eight weeks before resuming a normal training schedule.