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The Next Karate Kid?

There’s been a lot of talk about how fighters coming in from the WEC and Strikeforce are faring in the UFC, and now you can add another promotion to the mix. Stephen Thompson is a karate world champion several times over and has a buttload of kickboxing fights but I prefer to focus on his time in Chuck Norris’ World Combat League where he was the #1 ranked fighter in the promotion. He’s now making his UFC debut this Saturday:

“I’ve been wanting to make the switch for awhile,” Thompson told FightCove.com. “But about six years ago I was fighting in the World Combat League, one of Chuck Norris’ promotions, and I ended up tearing my ACL and actually tore every ligament in my left leg, and I had two knee surgeries on it I was out for about three years, so in that time I was thinking about where my future was going, what I wanted to do.”

“Not only did I want to kick box, but I wanted to put those other things I’ve been learning together, so I was like you know what, I’m ready to finish (my career) in MMA.”

For those wondering if he’s a one style wonder:

“Of course my strength is my stand up, which is kind of what I want everybody to kind of think,” Thompson said. “They don’t know that I have the ground. I mean, my brother in-law is Carlos Machado, who is a ninth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is an amazing instructor; I’ve been training with him for a long time.”

Georges St Pierre and his trainer Firas Zahabi have gone so far as to say Thompson has some of the best striking they’ve ever seen in the sport. So you could say there’s just a little bit of hype swirling around this guy leading up to his UFC debut. Hype that I think should be going towards another UFC 143 prelim fighter, Alex ‘Bruce Leeroy’ Caceres. Amiright?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’ve read that he considers himself a very strong wrestler.  I look forward to seeing him scrap.

    Anyone else find the mute button not working on that video?

  • frickshun

    I am not impressed.

  • Reverend Clint

    didnt know who to root for until the guy was ko’d

  • Jarman

    well, we know what Caceres has….potential, some quirks and a suspect ground game. We in no way have any illusions there. But this new guy has outside fighter hype, serious striking chops, a possibly legendary BJJ genesis, and a wonky knee. Hypes justified until it’s proven it wasn’t. Look forward to seein him tested>

  • glassjawsh

    guy is going to get wrestle fucked

    in the butt

    to death

  • Fizzy

    Not sure which was more impressive: that kick which came out of nowhere, or how nonchalant the victim was just before impact…it was like he was thinking, well that combo didn’t really work so I’ll just waddle over here with my hands down while I think about my next move WHAAP THUMP broken jaw etc

  • FilmDrunk

    Thank God that music was in there, I might not have known how XXXTREME that knockout was otherwise.

  • CAP

    I found the mute button on my computer.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So it wasn’t just me who couldn’t mute that wretched shit?  I’d be happy it wasn’t just me, but I don’t wish that sound on anyone.

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