Thompson is to be believed, his unanimous decision loss to
Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren
Saturday night in Newkirk, Okla., will be the end of his
eight-year, 53-bout MMA career.
“I’m a fan of Ben Askren and it was an honor for this to be my last
fight,” declared Thompson (Pictured, file photo) at the
Bellator 40 postfight news conference.
“I’ve been a fan of his in wrestling; now I’m a fan of him in MMA,”
praised Thomson. “As [Bellator CEO] Bjorn [Rebney] and Bellator
pointed out, I’ve fought all over the world, fought some of the
best guys and beaten some of the best guys. I’ve never been so
frustrated in a fight. The last 10 seconds was the only part I felt
The 29-year-old finished his J.D. from the University of Minnesota
Law School in 2008, and has subsequently began practice as an
attorney in La Crosse, Wisc. Thompson is the current Municipal
Court Prosecutor for the City of Onalaska, and specializes in
contracts, employment law as well as sports law.
A two-time UFC veteran, Thompson put together a 12-fight winning
streak from 2006 to 2008, including his April 2007 defeat of
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie
Alvarez for the Bodog Fight 170-pound title. Thompson earned an
welterweight title bout against Jake Shields
with the Alvarez win, but he fell by first-round submission to the
If it is in fact the end for “The Goat,” Thompson exits MMA on a
four-fight losing streak, dropping consecutive bouts to Tim Kennedy,
Okuno and Askren, bringing his career mark to 34-18-1.