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?