Exclusive: Stephen Thompson aims for a sell-out rematch with Jorge Masvidal: “The NMF vs. The BMF? Let’s go!”

Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson (16-6-1 MMA) has expressed his desire for an all-out striking rematch against his old foe, Jorge Masvidal (35- 16 MMA).  After signing a new six-fight contract with the UFC in December of 2021, Thompson has still yet to be booked in for his next trip to the octagon, having lost his last bout […]

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Stephen Thompson (16-6-1 MMA) has expressed his desire for an all-out striking rematch against his old foe, Jorge Masvidal (35- 16 MMA). 

After signing a new six-fight contract with the UFC in December of 2021, Thompson has still yet to be booked in for his next trip to the octagon, having lost his last bout against Belal Muhammed (21-3 MMA) via a unanimous decision.

Despite the fact that the Simpsonville native coming off back-to-back losses against both welterweight contenders Belal Muhammed and Gilbert Burns, during a recent interview with LowKickMMA reporter, Mike Owens, Thompson expressed that he is still confident he will rediscover his title-challenging form as he continues to focus on winning UFC gold at 170lbs.

The goal has always been and always will be the title,” Stephen Thompson explained.

 “Yeah, I had those two setbacks and everybody’s like, ‘Stephen, you’re turning 40 years old,’ it’s like common man I feel like I’m 25! I haven’t taken a tone of damage, I feel great and still improving every day. I came into this game fairly late at 28 years old and I’m still learning. I think it’s still there… so yeah, the goal is always the same.

Stephen Thompson eyes up a rematch against Jorge Masvidal

‘Wonderboy’ last competed against Masvidal during UFC 217 at the Madison Square Garden in 2017. 

The pair’s encounter was a classic striking affair between a lightning-quick boxer versus an unconventional kickboxer, as Stephen Thompson managed to prevail with a convincing majority decision.

However, since then Masvidal has become the UFC’s only BMF champion and one of the biggest earners on the entire roster after picking up impressive knockout victories against Darren Till, Ben Askern and Nate Diaz, thus before losing his last three fights on the bounce.

With both UFC veterans desperate for a win, it’s hard for any MMA fans not to be intrigued by this potential barnburner.

I think it would be great. I think it would be a good fight.”

He’s improved, I’ve improved. The last time we faced each other I think was UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden, they got another one of those coming up.

I know he’s going through allegations right now with Colby Covington well see how that turns out and I don’t think he’ll be fighting until that is over. He’s still looking for them big money fights at this point, but I think that would be exciting, the NMF vs the BMF? Let’s go!

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UFC 279 Betting Preview – Khamzat Chimaev remains distinct favorite to finish Nate Diaz in September

Khamzat ChimaevAfter opening as high as a whopping -1100 favorite following the initial announcement of his UFC 279 return next month, undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev still remains a distinct favorite to not only defeat opponent, Nate Diaz – but to finish the Stockton veteran in ‘Sin City’. AllStars mainstay, Khamzat Chimaev, has enjoyed nothing short […]

Khamzat Chimaev

After opening as high as a whopping -1100 favorite following the initial announcement of his UFC 279 return next month, undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev still remains a distinct favorite to not only defeat opponent, Nate Diaz – but to finish the Stockton veteran in ‘Sin City’.

AllStars mainstay, Khamzat Chimaev, has enjoyed nothing short of a real roughshod run through competition at welterweight since his July 2020 UFC landing pad, albeit in a brief middleweight excursion.

Pitted with Diaz on September 10. at the T-Mobile Arena, Chimaev initially opened as a gargantuan betting favorite against the one-time lightweight title challenger, in one of the widest lines for a fight of this billing and stature in recent memory. 

Chimaev has featured once inside the Octagon already this year, earning his status as the #3 ranked contender at 170lbs with a close, hard-fought unanimous decision win over one-time title challenger, Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 in April.

As for Diaz, the Californian has yet to return to active competition – despite his best intentions since June of last year, where he suffered a one-sided judging loss of his own against incoming UFC 278 headliner, Leon Edwards. 

The added caveat with next month’s pay-per-view headliner between Chimaev and Diaz comes in the form of the latter’s contract with the promotion – which becomes void regardless of result, as Diaz completes his contractual obligations.

Khamzat Chimaev once sat as high as a -1400 favorite over Nate Diaz

Touted as a surefire route for the promotion to shoehorn Chimaev into a championship tilt, UFC leader, Dana White has claimed Diaz would earned his own shot at promotional spoils should he spring one of the most surprising upsets in Octagon antiquity.

“I mean, obviously, if Nate (Diaz) beats Khamzat Chimaev, the number three guy in the world, you’d have to look at Nate, too [for a title shot],” Dana White said. “Everybody’s talking… like that it’s impossible for Nate Diaz to win this fight. Nothing is impossible in fighting. Everything is possible.”

“Nate Diaz wanted this fight,” Dana White explained. “It was either this fight or Francis Ngannou. This fight makes a lot more sense than Francis does. But, you know, for everybody to think that a veteran who’s as durable as Nate Diaz can’t win this fight is insane, so anything is possible. … You get out of the first two rounds and the fight gets interesting.”

Drifting out as short as a staggering -1400 at one stage since the booking of his fight against Diaz – whilst consulting Betsquare, Chechen-born berserker, Chimaev can be backed at Pokies online Australia to defeat Diaz before the distance on September 10.

Diaz, who has been finished just three times in his professional – twice courtesy of TKO and a submission loss to Hermes França, has been touted the sport over for his grit and durability, however, given Khamzat Chimaev’s dominance – both on the feet or from a vertical landing, the 11-0 wrecker is more than widely expected to dispatch Diaz, removing the judge’s scorecards from the equation. 

UFC 279 takes place on September 10. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – with both Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz topping the flagship card.

John McCarthy lays out why Khabib Nurmagomedov is not the GOAT: ‘He did retire too early’

John McCarthy, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dana WhiteJohn McCarthy does not believe Khabib Nurmagomedov is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Big John, one of the most reputed MMA officials, agrees with UFC president Dana White that the former lightweight champion can not be called the GOAT. Khabib had a dominant run in the promotion for as long as it […]

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John McCarthy does not believe Khabib Nurmagomedov is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Big John, one of the most reputed MMA officials, agrees with UFC president Dana White that the former lightweight champion can not be called the GOAT. Khabib had a dominant run in the promotion for as long as it lasted, maintaining an unblemished record of 29-0 by the time he chose to hang up the gloves.

John McCarthy agrees with Dana White that Khabib is not the GOAT

In an episode of his podcast with Josh Thompson, McCarthy shared his thoughts on the GOAT debate and extended his support for Dana White’s take.

“I don’t disagree with him at all [Dana White claiming Khabib isn’t the MMA GOAT]. I think that he did retire too early. I’ve always said the most dominant fighter I’ve seen in the cage has been Khabib. He dominated great fighters, 10-8 rounds, consistently at times, [but] Jon Jones is the most talented fighter that I’ve seen in the cage,” McCarthy noted (h/t Sportskeeda).

Khabib never appeared to be in any real danger in any of his fights. Jones on the other hand might have had close bouts but also has a ton more experience inside the cage at the highest level.

“Here’s the big difference: Jon Jones has had 15 title fights. How many title fights does Khabib have? That’s a huge difference, and I think that’s what Dana is talking about. I think Jon Jones is [the best ever],” McCarthy added.

Although Khabib retired undefeated, many believe that he stepped away too soon. With 13 bouts and only three title defenses in the organization, it is hard to stack up his resume against someone like Jones, who has more title fights (15) than Khabib’s entire UFC career.

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Dana White warns Paddy Pimblett on his out-of-competition weight gain: ‘It makes it tough for us’

dana whiteUFC president Dana White has given his honest opinion on rising star Paddy Pimblett’s notorious out-of-competition weight gain. Paddy Pimblett’s weight gains have now become a running joke within the MMA sphere but, the Scouser’s eating habits have also drawn a lot of criticism. ‘The Baddy’ face becomes almost comically bloated during his time spent […]

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UFC president Dana White has given his honest opinion on rising star Paddy Pimblett’s notorious out-of-competition weight gain.

Paddy Pimblett’s weight gains have now become a running joke within the MMA sphere but, the Scouser’s eating habits have also drawn a lot of criticism.

‘The Baddy’ face becomes almost comically bloated during his time spent out of camp and recently admitted that he was around 200lbs, just a few weeks on from his lightweight bout.

This time it was his boss, Dana White, who would warn Pimblett of the harm that he could be causing his body in the long term. He would also admit that it makes the matchmaker’s jobs more difficult with him being so far off his fight weight.

It makes it tough for us when we are in the matchmaking room and we want to throw together a fight,” White said. “Maybe we can throw him in a card in a month or a month a half, but it hurts us too as we have to be very specific when we plan fights for him because he is nowhere near close to the weight. What you don’t want to do is put all that pressure on him to cut that much weight in that short amount of time.

It’s not good for you, we all know that. We know that fluctuating and cutting all that weight is very bad, it definitely doesn’t prolong your career. It’s tough on your body and your organs.”

Although White warns Pimblett of his eating habits, he also admits that Pimblett is his own man and that whatever he decides to do is his own decision.

Listen he’s a grown man and he can do whatever the hell he wants to do. It’s none of my business, it’s all up to him. It’s his life, his career, his body, he can do whatever he wants.” (H/T Givemesport)

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Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ after Shane Burgos signs with the PFL

dana whiteUFC President Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ regarding Shane Burgos’ recent announcement that he would be signing with the PFL instead of resigning with the UFC. During a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Shane Burgos announced that he would be signing with the PFL following his last fight on his UFC deal. Burgos […]

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UFC President Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ regarding Shane Burgos’ recent announcement that he would be signing with the PFL instead of resigning with the UFC.

During a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Shane Burgos announced that he would be signing with the PFL following his last fight on his UFC deal. Burgos is fresh off an impressive win over fellow featherweight contender, Charles Jourdain and also was also ranked in the UFC’s top 15.

Burgos had nothing but good things to say about his former promotion, in fact saying he ‘loved’ being a UFC fight, but admitted that the money would be too good to pass up on.

When it’s all said and done after the first season—obviously,” Burgos said. “I plan on winning—I’ll be a multi-millionaire.

Dana White reacts to Shane Burgos’ move to PFL

Burgos was a fan favorite and losing out on exciting fighter just entering his prime is a blow to the UFC and Dana White would admit that in a recent interview with Kevin Iole for Yahoo Sports.

Basically, there were some mistakes that were made here, some s*** that… he should’ve still been here,” White said. “We respect him very much and I wish him the best. 100 percent [mistakes were made], 100 percent. Big mistakes were made over here.

Burgos leaving for bigger money in a smaller promotion is just another chapter in the endless saga of the UFC’s issues with fighter pay, but whenever issues like this are raised, the UFC and White do not seem to care.

In a recent interview with GQ, White would double down on the fighter pay, saying that fighters are paid what they are owed.

Fighters always want to make more money,” White said. “Boxing has absolutely been destroyed because of money and all the things that go on. It’s never gonna happen while I’m here. Believe me, these guys get paid what they’re supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill. They get a percentage of the pay-per-view buys and money is spread out amongst all the fighters.

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Exclusive – Stephen Thompson backs Leon Edwards to beat Kamaru Usman: ‘Deep down, I want Leon to win’

Stephen ThompsonProviding his breakdown for this weekend’s undisputed welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards at UFC 278, two-time title chaser, Stephen Thompson claims he hopes Edwards lands divisional gold, however, remains coy on whether or not the Birmingham native can topple Usman. Thompson, who previously twice challenged for undisputed welterweight gold against promotional […]

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Providing his breakdown for this weekend’s undisputed welterweight championship rematch between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards at UFC 278, two-time title chaser, Stephen Thompson claims he hopes Edwards lands divisional gold, however, remains coy on whether or not the Birmingham native can topple Usman.

Thompson, who previously twice challenged for undisputed welterweight gold against promotional alum, Tyron Woodley back in 2016 and 2017, first fought to a majority draw against the St. Louis veteran, before suffering a majority decision loss in an immediate title rematch.

The Simpsonville native has yet to be booked for his next Octagon appearance, however, will be tasked to snap a run of back-to-back losses against both Gilbert Burns and the surging, Belal Muhammad next time out.

Boasting a 16-6-1 professional record, striking ace, Thompson had enjoyed a run of impressive victories against both Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque prior to his decision loss against former title challenger, Burns back in July of last year.

Stephen Thompson believes Leon Edwards has evolved more than Kamaru Usman since 2015

Staking his claim for a shot at Usman’s throne given the need for a fresh matchup at welterweight prior to his back-to-back losses, Stephen Thompson broke down this weekend’s headlining title fight between the Auchi native, and Edwards – claiming the latter has made the most improvements since their initial 2015 showdown.

“Well, they’ve faced each other before, but I think Kamaru Usman’s going to back to his old style – wrestling,” Stephen Thompson told LowKick MMA reporter, Mike Owens. “He may throw a little striking out there, but I think the person that has improved the most out of those two is Leon Edwards. Just the fights that he’s had leading up, he’s used his wrestling – his wrestling has improved, a lot. And he’s got the high-level striking on top of it.”

“I think if Usman decides to strike with Leon, it’s a bad day,” Stephen Thompson said. “But I think if Usman can get him to the fence, control him, and use that cardio-based wrestling, I think he still has a chance. But, for me – like on paper, it’s Usman, but deep down, I want my man Leon to win. I want him to win. He’s been through a slew of guys – he should have had the title shot a lot sooner. And I think it’s his time.” 

A victory for Usman in Salt Lake City would come as his sixth successful defense of his throne during a dominant reign at welterweight, while Edwards would avenge his 2015 defeat and extend his impressive unbeaten run to 11 straight fights.