EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson: Jon Jones Moving Up Isn’t Smart

Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson isn’t a fan of Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight. The former light-heavyweight king has been targeting a fight with Francis Ngannou for some time now but has been unable to strike a financial deal with the UFC to compete for gold up in weight. In the last few days, Jones has been […]

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Stephen Thompson isn’t a fan of Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight.

The former light-heavyweight king has been targeting a fight with Francis Ngannou for some time now but has been unable to strike a financial deal with the UFC to compete for gold up in weight.

In the last few days, Jones has been posting training footage that shows he’s packed on mass during his time away from the Octagon.

During a chat with LowKickMMA, ‘Wonderboy’ gave his thoughts on the ongoing situation with Jones and the UFC, as well as, explaining why he doubts Jones will be successful at heavyweight.

“The UFC isn’t wanting to pay what Jon Jones is wanting from the UFC,” Thompson said. “Yes, Jon Jones is considered the GOAT for most people and he wants to move up to fight the scariest guy in the division. I don’t think it’s an intelligent move, to be honest with you. One of the most explosive and strongest guys in that division (Francis Ngannou), and he’s been carrying that weight around his entire life.

“You’ve seen guys try to go up a weight class, put on muscle, just like Luke Rockhold did when he fought Blachowicz, he tired out. He wasn’t used to carrying that weight and it was different. I think it is going to go the same route with Jon Jones.

“So, sit him on the side. There’s a lot of guys more, more deserving of the fight with Ngannou. So, we’ll see. Can the UFC pay him that? Probably. Is he going to get it? Probably not”

It doesn’t seem like Jones will be getting the Ngannou fight anytime soon. Earlier this week, Dana White revealed he is pressing ahead with Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis II.

Do you agree with Stephen Thompson? Is Jon Jones making a mistake by moving up in weight?

EXCLUSIVE | Stephen Thompson Slams Joshua Fabia: ‘You Need To Get Slapped’

Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson is highly-regarded as one of the most down-to-earth personalities in all of Mixed Martial Arts; but when it comes to Joshua Fabia’s treatment of Diego Sanchez, he’s like a lot of us in our dismay and confusion. In an exclusive interview with LowKickMMA’s James Lynch, Thompson went off on Fabia for sabotaging Sanchez’s […]

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Stephen Thompson is highly-regarded as one of the most down-to-earth personalities in all of Mixed Martial Arts; but when it comes to Joshua Fabia’s treatment of Diego Sanchez, he’s like a lot of us in our dismay and confusion.

In an exclusive interview with LowKickMMA’s James Lynch, Thompson went off on Fabia for sabotaging Sanchez’s career after he was let go from the UFC just weeks ago.

“I don’t know what’s going on in this guy’s head, I really don’t,” Thompson said. “As a coach, if he was my fighter, I would’ve told him to hang it up a long time ago. He’s taken a lot of damage. As a coach, if you’re out there trying to take over and doing that, you need to get slapped. This guy’s putting Diego through stuff I’ve never seen before. Somebody needs to go poke that guy in the eye.”

Fabia has been the target of many around the MMA community for seeming to manipulate and control Sanchez’s life and career. Sanchez was released by the UFC leading up to an originally scheduled fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC Vegas 26. UFC president Dana White harshly criticized Fabia following Sanchez’s release, and called the coach “nuts” and “creepy”.

Fabia has created a lot of drama between the UFC, Sanchez and himself over the past couple years. He was involved in a heated confrontation with the UFC broadcasting crew during one of Sanchez’s fighter meetings, has accused White of sleeping with UFC fighters, and is under fire after a training session with Sanchez suspended upside down with Fabia hitting him went viral.

Thompson is set to compete against former UFC welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 264 in July. As for Sanchez, he remains a free agent and is currently unsigned by MMA promotions around the world. Bellator president Scott Coker went as far as iterating that his promotion has zero interest in bringing in the former The Ultimate Fighter winner to their roster.

Sanchez has always been one of the biggest fan favorites over his tenured career in combat sports. But the drama surrounding his coach doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, especially if Sanchez decides to continue as a fighter with another promotion.

What do you think about Stephen Thompson’s criticism of Diego Sanchez’s coach and manager, Joshua Fabia?

Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson Official For UFC 264

Burns ThompsonA pivotal welterweight encounter between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson is now official. It was reported earlier this month that the pair had agreed to a fight at the upcoming UFC 264 pay-per-view event taking place July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A couple of weeks have passed since and it’s now […]

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A pivotal welterweight encounter between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson is now official.

It was reported earlier this month that the pair had agreed to a fight at the upcoming UFC 264 pay-per-view event taking place July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A couple of weeks have passed since and it’s now official as the UFC announced the matchup on Wednesday.

Burns is coming off a third-round TKO defeat to Kamaru Usman in their welterweight title fight at UFC 258 back in February. He will be looking to rebound with a big win though he will likely need a few more before he can get another crack at the title.

Thompson, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak following impressive wins over Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal. A win for the former title challenger against Burns would likely be enough to get him the next 170-pound shot after Colby Covington. That is, if the winner of the Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz fight at UFC 262 doesn’t have a say in the matter.

UFC 264 will be headlined by a highly-anticipated trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.

Who do you have winning this matchup?

Stephen Thompson Refuses To Watch Paul Brothers, Would Rather Slap Them

Stephen Thompson is not having any of the Paul Brothers’ nonsense and will not be watching the Paul vs. Askren bout. Stephen Thompson is the latest UFC fighter to give his opinion about Ben Askren stepping in to face Jake Paul in a boxing match. …

Stephen Thompson is not having any of the Paul Brothers’ nonsense and will not be watching the Paul vs. Askren bout. Stephen Thompson is the latest UFC fighter to give his opinion about Ben Askren stepping in to face Jake Paul in a boxing match. Thompson is not a fan of professional fighters mixing it […]

Gilbert Burns & Stephen Thompson Agree To Fight At UFC 264

Stephen Thompson will get his wish of facing a top-5 opponent when he takes on the #2-ranked Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. Ever since Stephen Thompson defeated Geoff Neal last December, he began lobbying hard for an opponent ranked in the top-5 …

Stephen Thompson will get his wish of facing a top-5 opponent when he takes on the #2-ranked Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. Ever since Stephen Thompson defeated Geoff Neal last December, he began lobbying hard for an opponent ranked in the top-5 of the welterweight division. He was even reduced to hoping someone injured themselves or had […]

Stephen Thompson Predicts Tyron Woodley vs. Vicente Luque Fight At UFC 260

ThompsonStephen Thompson is edging towards Vicente Luque over Tyron Woodley. Woodley takes on Luque in the co-main event of the UFC 260 pay-per-view event taking place Saturday night at the Apex facility in Las Vegas. For Woodley, it’s a chance to end a three-fight losing skid against one of the most exciting welterweights in the […]

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Stephen Thompson is edging towards Vicente Luque over Tyron Woodley.

Woodley takes on Luque in the co-main event of the UFC 260 pay-per-view event taking place Saturday night at the Apex facility in Las Vegas.

For Woodley, it’s a chance to end a three-fight losing skid against one of the most exciting welterweights in the world. For Luque, it’s a chance to get the biggest win of his career and further climb up the 170-pound ranks.

Thompson has notably faced both fighters so it’s all the more interesting to see how he thinks the fight will pan out. With that said, he expects Luque to come out on top and explained why in a recent video.

“I like Tyron [Woodley], I like Vicente Luque. [I’ve] faced both of these guys.” Thompson said (via Middle Easy). “I fought Tyron in a different mindset in his heyday. I was his first title defense. I don’t feel like his mindset isn’t there like it used to be. He doesn’t have that fire anymore.

“So, I’m kind of leaning towards Vicente Luque. He’s very tough, he’s very young, he’s got that fire. He wants to go out there and win the title. He’s been wrecking dudes. I was his last loss and has had two fights since and dominated his opponents. So, I’m really excited to see that fight.”

It’s easy to forget Woodley was the welterweight champion just over two years ago. However, he has since dropped three in a row and has lost his last 14 rounds of action.

Not many are pinning their hopes on a win for Woodley this weekend either. All Thompson can do is hope he comes out with a different mindset.

“I hope Tyron comes out with a different mindset and ready to rock and roll,” Thompson added. “That would just make out to be a great fight. But I’m kind of leaning towards Vicente Luque on that one.”

Do you agree?