UFC’s Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Expected Title Shot After Hendricks KO, But Is Ready For Rory

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant sat down with UFC Welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and heard what he had to say about his upcoming main event fight with Rory MacDonald, set for June 18th in Ottawa, Canada. Stephen talks about the stylistic match-up, shares his opinion on Rory’s legendary fight with the Champ Robbie Lawler and lets us know why he thinks he should have gotten the next title shot instead of Tyron Woodley. Stephen also talks about working as an FS1 analyst for the first time and training with former middleweight champ Chris Weidman.

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237 Comments on "UFC’s Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Expected Title Shot After Hendricks KO, But Is Ready For Rory"

  1. It is absolute bullshit he didn't get the title shot. He beat Hendricks, hendricks was 2nd!

    The reason he didnt get the title shot is because the UFC think they will make more money IF rory beats him, they can then put Rory VS Lawler 2 which would be a big pay day, more so than if wonder boy was to fight for the belt. The UFC ain't dumb but they are greedy.
    The only problem for wonder boy is, if he doesnt win over rory, he may never get the chance to win the title, so in some ways wondeboys career could be over just for the UFC to make a little extra money and we could miss the true champion taking the belt, which would be a massive shame.
    He has to win this!

  2. Hendricks is a shell of his former JUICED self. Cheaters are mental midgets,so they not only suffer the physical loss when off the juice,but more importantly the mental loss.Vitor Belfort is a similar example of what happens when a metal midget loses the feeling of invincibility that PED's offer. There is no doubt that Wonderboy is a great fighter,but using Hendricks as a gauge as to how he will do against Rory is a bad idea. I can see that the odds makers have already made that mistake by placing Thompson as the favorite.

  3. Hendricks is a shell of his former JUICED self. Cheaters are mental midgets,so they not only suffer the physical loss when off the juice,but more importantly the mental loss.Vitor Belfort is a similar example of what happens when a metal midget loses the feeling of invincibility that PED's offer. There is no doubt that Wonderboy is a great fighter,but using Hendricks as a gauge as to how he will do against Rory is a bad idea. I can see that the odds makers have already made that mistake by placing Thompson as the favorite.

  4. Talk about class. I'm going to go out and make a daughter and then chain him down, if possible, until she's 18, then hold a shotgun wedding in the hills of Tennessee just to have this class man in the family. Did I go too far? hahaha

  5. Talk about class. I'm going to go out and make a daughter and then chain him down, if possible, until she's 18, then hold a shotgun wedding in the hills of Tennessee just to have this class man in the family. Did I go too far? hahaha

  6. Awesome interview as always Karen. In my opinion, it feels like there were many factors to why UFC FN 89 is Rory vs Stephen. Certain people need to see if Stephen could go 25 minutes with Robbie. Robbie has gone 5 FULL rounds in 3 of his last 4 fights. Also, Danas wish was that Conor McGregor would run away from 145 and meet Robbie at UFC 200. Nate messed that up. GSP allegedly was coming back. Nope. Twood was picked. Also, Stephens only hiccup was too Matt Brown. Sometimes getting title shots if u think u did enough is a hard thing especially in the UFC and Stephen is learning that.

  7. Awesome interview as always Karen. In my opinion, it feels like there were many factors to why UFC FN 89 is Rory vs Stephen. Certain people need to see if Stephen could go 25 minutes with Robbie. Robbie has gone 5 FULL rounds in 3 of his last 4 fights. Also, Danas wish was that Conor McGregor would run away from 145 and meet Robbie at UFC 200. Nate messed that up. GSP allegedly was coming back. Nope. Twood was picked. Also, Stephens only hiccup was too Matt Brown. Sometimes getting title shots if u think u did enough is a hard thing especially in the UFC and Stephen is learning that.

  8. Karyn are such a wonderful MMA interviewer! "Wonderboy" seems like a very nice guy and you are in a class by yourself. I am always grateful when you are on Fox before and after the fights. You have the rare gift to make everybody better on the show.

  9. Karyn are such a wonderful MMA interviewer! "Wonderboy" seems like a very nice guy and you are in a class by yourself. I am always grateful when you are on Fox before and after the fights. You have the rare gift to make everybody better on the show.

  10. I would definitely say he deserves it. Honestly I think Rory is going to put an end to his chances sadly. he would have a good chance against Lawler.

    Ellenberger was able to box him up something nasty closing in on the angle, granted it made him forget about the spiny stuff and cost him. Thompson is pretty predictable with what he is gonna throw from what side. he has a few bait and switch games but you cant opt out of those if you play your cards right.

    Horiguchi is a far better example of what you can do with the karate style in MMA.

  11. I would definitely say he deserves it. Honestly I think Rory is going to put an end to his chances sadly. he would have a good chance against Lawler.

    Ellenberger was able to box him up something nasty closing in on the angle, granted it made him forget about the spiny stuff and cost him. Thompson is pretty predictable with what he is gonna throw from what side. he has a few bait and switch games but you cant opt out of those if you play your cards right.

    Horiguchi is a far better example of what you can do with the karate style in MMA.

  12. I like how this woman does her interviews, laid back, knows her shit and doesn't try to be patronizing to the fighters like some other female interviewers cough that chick from the Weidman VS Rockhold interview, that made it all about her cough. Truly great. This sport needs better interviewers, and you are one of them.

  13. I like how this woman does her interviews, laid back, knows her shit and doesn't try to be patronizing to the fighters like some other female interviewers cough that chick from the Weidman VS Rockhold interview, that made it all about her cough. Truly great. This sport needs better interviewers, and you are one of them.

  14. Nothing sexier than a woman who shares my interests. Madam, you are gorgeous, and you know what you're talking about in MMA. I just want to pay you the compliment that it's good to see a woman who isn't using her looks, but is putting in the work in her reporting and attaching herself to the MMA world. Keep up the good work.

  15. Nothing sexier than a woman who shares my interests. Madam, you are gorgeous, and you know what you're talking about in MMA. I just want to pay you the compliment that it's good to see a woman who isn't using her looks, but is putting in the work in her reporting and attaching herself to the MMA world. Keep up the good work.

  16. don't understand karyns point who gives a damn if woodley would of Been frustrated … he chosen to wait for a title shot Tf and it's not like he the one that knocked out Hendricks in the first round like wonder boy .. something I'd doubt he could even do

  17. don't understand karyns point who gives a damn if woodley would of Been frustrated … he chosen to wait for a title shot Tf and it's not like he the one that knocked out Hendricks in the first round like wonder boy .. something I'd doubt he could even do

  18. KARYN BRYANT YOU ARE THE BEST REPOTER 100%! AND YOU IS SOO SEXY I LOVE WATCH YOUR INTERVIES YOU ARE SO FUCKING SEXYY WOMEN OMG I WUOLD DO EVRETHING FOR NE NIGHT WHIT YOU. NO DISRESPECT YOU ARE THE BEST REOPTER AND SO SEXYYY

  19. Robbie is a murderer. He's a crazy banger and is gonna pay for it later in life. I love Rory and Wonderboy…tough to pick against either one. Its going to be a great fight – I'm glad its a Fight Night!! Talk about lucky fans!

  20. Robbie is a murderer. He's a crazy banger and is gonna pay for it later in life. I love Rory and Wonderboy…tough to pick against either one. Its going to be a great fight – I'm glad its a Fight Night!! Talk about lucky fans!

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