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Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

UFC Nashville: Stephen Thompson Says Kamaru Usman as Champ’s “Better For my Career”

Stephen Thompson (photo via UFC)

By FCF Staff

Now that Kamaru Usman is the UFC’s welterweight champ, Stephen Thompson believes the road back to a title fight has become significantly shorter.

Usman ended Tyron Woodley’s reign as champion earlier this month at UFC 235, by recording a one-sided decision win. In advance of Thompson’s fight this Saturday with Anthony Pettis, “Wonderboy” had this to say about the situation (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“Having a new champion, I knew it was going to be better for my career,” Thompson said. “Nobody wants to see Thompson vs. Woodley 3, and I kind of understood that. I would have to have two or three more fights before I even get that shot again. This, now that we’ve got a new champion, is going to be a faster way up.

“The division has changed dramatically since the last time I fought. Got a new champion, Darren Till got knocked out by a guy (Jorge Masvidal) that I’ve already beat. It’s up in the air. I’m ranked No. 4 right now, so any one of us could be fighting for that title again.”

Thompson and Woodley battled to a majority draw in their first, 2016 bout, and Woodley went on to win their 2017 rematch via majority decision.

posted by FCF Staff @ 4:57 pm
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