South Carolina native Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson fighting for UFC Gold

Simpsonville, South Carolina native Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (13-1) is fighting against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (16-3) in the co-main event of UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden. This Nov. 12 card will mark the UFC’s first event in New York City after the state ban on professional MMA bouts was lifted earlier this year. The UFC went out of their way to make UFC 205 of one of the greatest cards in the history of the promotion. There will be an unprecedented three title fights taking place.  

Stephen Thompson training out of South Carolina, has been a MMA pro since 2010 and owns a notable 57-0 combined amateur/professional kickboxing record with 40 knockouts. His world class striking has transferred over well to MMA and helped him quickly climb the UFC’s welterweight rankings with multiple highlight reel knockouts. Thompson is riding an impressive seven fight win streak, including dominant wins against Rory MacDonald and former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

This fight will be Tyron Woodley’s first UFC welterweight title defense. He is coming off a vicious first-round knockout win against Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.Woodley was a two-time Division 1 All-American wrestler for the University of Missouri and has also shown serious punching power throughout his MMA career. His skills present a serious problem for any opponent he steps into the octagon with.

Stephen Thompson is roughly a 2-1 favorite to win the title fight. Woodley originally wanted a “money” fight against former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz, but UFC President Dana White decided to have him fight Thompson. Woodley and Thompson’s fighting styles promise to make a very entertaining match up. UFC 205’s co-main event has the potential to be one of the greatest MMA fights of the year.