Welterweight kickboxing stylist Stephen
Thompson will return to the Octagon at UFC
154, when “Wonderboy” will lock horns with Swedish talent
Promotion officials announced the news Tuesday during Fuel TV’s
“UFC Tonight.” UFC 154 is expected to be headlined by a
welterweight title unification bout between Georges St.
Pierre and Carlos
Condit and airs live on pay-per-view. The Nov. 17 event takes
place at the Bell Centre in Montreal and marks the promotion’s
first trip to Quebec in nearly two years.
Thompson enters the cage following the first loss of his MMA
career, as the American was outpointed by veteran Matt Brown at
UFC 145 in April. The karate practitioner had won six straight
fights prior to that defeat, capping the stretch with a “Knockout
of the Night” winning performance in his February UFC debut against
Dan Stittgen. Thompson stopped Stittgen with a first-round head
kick at UFC 143, turning out his fellow debutant’s lights in just
Yousef did not fare as well in his first Octagon foray. Undefeated
at the time, the Syrian-born Swede was submitted by Norwegian
Thoresen at UFC on Fuel TV 2, falling via second-round
rear-naked choke in front of a partisan Stockholm crowd. Yousef
fought exclusively for Swedish promotion The Zone FC before joining
the UFC, racking up five finishes in six outings.