Stephen Thompson Calls Out Robbie Lawler For 2019

Stephen Thompson wants his crack at “The Ruthless One.”

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It looks like Stephen Thompson wants a crack at Robbie Lawler.

The former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger took to Twitter today (Mon. September 24, 2018) and called out “Ruthless.” He said he’ll be ready for a potential fight with the former welterweight champion in early 2019:

“I heard your going to be ready early next year I know a guy who will be ready then too…Let’s give the fans what they want! I’m bringing the heat back, and you know this fight will be FIRE!”

Thompson has dropped two of his last three contests. In his initial title opportunity back in 2016, Thompson went to a Draw with Tyron Woodley. They rematched four months later, only for Woodley to defeat Thompson via Majority Decision. “Wonderboy” bounced back with a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal.

This past May, Thompson was bested by Darren Till via unanimous decision in Liverpool. After dealing with an injury for the past several months, Thompson seems like he’ll be ready to go in early 2019.

Lawler is in a very similar situation to Thompson. He has also lost two of his last three fights. Tyron Woodley knocked Lawler out to end his 170-pound title reign in 2016. Lawler had a successful return against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone one-year later, defeating him via unanimous decision.

“The Ruthless One” then welcomed former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos into the welterweight division in December. The Brazilian dominated Lawler en-route to a unanimous decision victory. Given their similar situations, a match-up between Thompson and Lawler makes excellent sense at this point

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Stephen Thompson Calls Out Colby Covington For Poor McGregor Impression

Stephen Thompson sounds like he wouldn’t mind getting into the cage against Colby Covington.

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Last weekend (Sat. September 8, 2018) UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley successfully defended his title against Darren Till.

Woodley knocked the Englishman down in the second round before locking in a D’arce and forcing him to tap. After the bout, the welterweight division came out in full force, trying to shoot their shot for the next 170-pound title opportunity.

One notable name who took to Twitter was Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Thompson has only won one of his past four fights. Despite this, Thompson said he and Woodley have unfinished business to attend to. “Wonderboy” and Woodley have fought two times before.

Their initial bout ended in a Majority Draw, while Woodley won a Majority Decision in the rematch:

“Great fight, well done .  I fought both guys, and I’m down to fight both again!  T-Wood, we got unfinished business!”

Shortly after, Colby Covington responded to Thompson’s Tweet, saying to get to the “back of the line”:

“Oh shut the hell up you virgin! You’re at the back of the line choirboy.”

Thompson was recently interviewed by Fightful’s James Lynch and responded to Covington’s comments. “Wonderboy” said it made him chuckle a little bit:

“I did see it, you know what, it kind of made me chuckle a little bit. The stuff that comes out that guys mouth, it’s funny, but at the same time, the dude’s trying way too hard.”

Thompson then said Covington is trying to poorly impersonate Conor McGregor. Because Covington uses his trash-talk to get big fights, Thompson seems confident “Chaos” will get the next welterweight title shot:

“He’s trying to be a Conor McGregor and he’s just not him, he’s not doing a very good job of it. People love to hate this guy, that’s the kind of character he is. Nobody likes him, but it gets him fights, and I think he will be getting that title shot next.”

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Stephen Thompson Sounds Off on Colby Covington’s Trash Talk

Stephen Thompson sounds off on Colby Covington calling him a virgin. Covington has been nabbing more attention thanks to his trash talking. While the 14-1 professional mixed martial arts record helps, Covington has been making a push for the mainstream…

Stephen Thompson sounds off on Colby Covington calling him a virgin. Covington has been nabbing more attention thanks to his trash talking. While the 14-1 professional mixed martial arts record helps, Covington has been making a push for the mainstream media with his antics. Even someone as well liked as “Wonderboy” has been targeted with […]

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Stephen Thompson Calls For Title Shot if Till Wins at UFC 228

Stephen Thompson has challenged for the UFC welterweight championship on two separate occasions and has come up short of his goal both times. Receiving two title shots against the same champion makes getting another opportunity at the world title a bit…

Stephen Thompson has challenged for the UFC welterweight championship on two separate occasions and has come up short of his goal both times. Receiving two title shots against the same champion makes getting another opportunity at the world title a bit tricky. Thompson does, however see a path to a third crack at it in […]

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Stephen Thompson Eyes Darren Till Rematch After UFC 228

The former title contender wants another crack at Till.

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Stephen Thompson eyes Darren Till rematch if the rising prospect can get it done at the UFC 228 pay-per-view event where he has his toughest challenge to date.

History

Till got some criticism for this shot that will see him jump in the rankings in order to get a title opportunity against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Thompson knows Till the best out of any fighter out there right now as he was the latest opponent for the rising prospect. This was a fight that some fight fans thought Thompson won but in the end, the judges gave the nod to Till.

Stephen Thompson Eyes

Thompson is in a good spot in his mind as he thinks whether Till wins or loses come fight night, he’s in line for a title shot although he would prefer for it to be against Till. It should be noted that he’s rumored to fight Robbie Lawler in January.

“If that does happen, hopefully that puts me up closer to a (title) fight. That would be the right way to go, but as you know it’s very hard to predict. But I am leaning that way. The needle is leaning towards Till a little bit,” said Stephen (H/T to MMAMania) on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show.

“If he (Till) goes out there and does what I know he can and if he is smart about it. He can win. And that would set me up perfectly, I would think, for another rematch. Of course you got guys above me,” he added. “Colby Covington might get the next shot and you got (Kamaru) Usman moving up the rankings. You got those guys, but I feel like I won that last fight against Till. I think a lot of fights agree with me. If he does win, I would love to have that rematch.”

The UFC 228 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

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Stephen Thompson Continues To Question Why Woodley vs. Till Is Happening

Wonderboy also gave some insight into his rumored fight with Robbie Lawler.

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Stephen Thompson continues to question the decision making of the UFC to book Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till at the UFC 228 PPV event.

As seen in the main event of UFC Liverpool event back in May in Liverpool, England, Till picked up a unanimous decision win over Thompson.

Before this controversial loss, Thompson had suffered just one loss in his last ten fights as he suffered a majority-decision loss against Woodley at UFC 209 in March 2017.

Now, Till will challenge Woodley for the welterweight title at the upcoming UFC 228 pay-per-view event. In a recent interview, he gave his take on why this fight is happening. According to the former title contender, the UFC wants to make Till the new Michael Bisping.

Stephen Thompson Continues To Question

“The only thing that makes sense to me about it all is that Michael Bisping was on his way out,” Thompson said. “The UFC knew that and they really don’t have a whole lot of people to promote from the United Kingdom. So they have this loud mouth kid, who is tough and literally just fell into their lap, so now they’re pushing him forward.”

”That’s all I can really see. It doesn’t make sense. There’s really no other scenario that makes sense. None of this makes sense to be honest. Why is this fight even happening?”

Robbie Lawler vs. Stephen Thompson

Just last month, it was reported that the UFC was trying to book Robbie Lawler vs. Stephen Thompson in 2019. This is an important fight for not only the fighters but also for the UFC and ESPN.

It will mark the first event under the UFC banner to air on ESPN. Thompson noted in this interview that he’s still waiting to hear updates for this fight.

“Fans always come up and ask me ‘Hey when are you fighting Robbie?’ and tell me how awesome they think that fight would be,” Thompson told BJPenn.com. “So yeah I’m definitely up for it. Unfortunately at this time there is just nothing set in stone when it comes to me fighting Robbie. It has been mentioned by the UFC but that is about it. I don’t even know if Robbie would be ready by January. So at this time I really don’t know who I’ll be facing next. It could really be anybody at this point.”

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