LAS VEGAS – Still a work in progress as a well-rounded MMA fighter, Stephen Thompson found out just how exhausting grappling can be.

But despite running low on gas late in the fight, Thompson tested his grappling chops and out-struck Nah-Shon Burrell to secure a unanimous-decision win.

The welterweight bout was part of Saturday’s UFC 160 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on Facebook ahead of additional prelims on FX and prior to the pay-per-view main card.

Burrell initially gave Thompson no space to use flashy kicks as he backed the former kickboxer against the cage. But rather than working to escape, Thompson showed surprising willingness to clinch, even landing a takedown midway through the frame. Although his grappling left much to be desired – he easily gave up mount and back-mount after Burrell flubbed a takedown attempt – he displayed a more well-rounded attack than previously seen.

Burrell worked to close the distance in the second frame as Thompson began to find his range on his feet. He landed several punishing body shots and kicks. But the action continued to stall as the two clumsily grappled against the fence.

Thompson stayed on his bicycle in the third as Burrell continued to look for an opening. Several times, he landed in close but couldn’t land a finishing blow despite Thompson’s fatigue late in the frame.

The final scores were 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28 for Thompson.

“It’s been a year since I fought last, and every time you’re here fighting in the big show, the nerves are there,” Thompson said. “It sort of got worse as the fight drew nearer knowing that I lost my last fight and the UFC is always making cuts to the roster when you don’t perform well. I just had to go out there, do my thing, and stay positive.”

After being finished by Matt Brown in his previous outing, Thompson (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) gets back on the winning track. Strikeforce vet Burrell (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) goes back to the drawing board after a win against Yuri Villefort in his octagon debut.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 160 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan and Matt Erickson contributed to this report on-site in Las Vegas.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Champ Tyron Woodley: Stephen Thompson has 'got under my skin so much' ahead of UFC 209 rematch

  • 11 days ago
  • 34 views

Stephen Thompson wasn’t the first choice of opponent for Tyron Woodley at UFC 209. However, Thompson’s now the one the reigning UFC welterweight champion wants to fight most.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley rematch with Stephen Thompson set for UFC 209

  • 13 days ago
  • 23 views

UFC welterweight champ [autotag]Tyron Woodley[/autotag] weighed his options, but ultimately "Wonderboy" will get his rematch. Woodley today announced on his podcast, "The Morning Wood Show," that he' read news >>

Tyron Woodley Reveals UFC 209 Title Defense | MMAWeekly.com

  • 13 days ago
  • 65 views

After fighting Stephen Thompson to a draw at UFC 205 in November, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Monday revealed the next defense of his title. read news >>

Stephen Thompson: UFC champ Tyron Woodley hasn't seen the best 'Wonderboy'

  • 12 days ago
  • 18 views

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has his rematch with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Now, what is he going to do with it?Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC 209's Stephen Thompson to champ Tyron Woodley: Focus on the fight, not race

  • 2 days ago
  • 54 views

LAS VEGAS – UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson has a hard time signing off on champion Tyron Woodley’s claim that he’s not promoted because of race.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 209 title fights about best vs. the best

  • 2 days ago
  • 5 views

At UFC 209, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defends his title against No. 1-ranked Stephen Thompson. Also, No. 1-ranked lightweight Khabib Nuramgomedov meets No. 2-ranked Tony Ferguson for th read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2358 with Stephen Thompson and Alex Davis

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 views

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Stephen Thompson and Alex Davis.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>

Stephen Thompson Has Gained a Lot More Respect for Tyron Woodley (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • an hour ago
  • 8 views

Title challenger Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson has gained a lot of respect for UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103: Head-to-Toe Breakdown for Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J Penn

  • 12 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn (16-10-2) returns to take on the rising star that is Yair Rodriguez (10-1). Penn is a former lightweight and welterweight champion, but his showing at 145 pounds was lackl read news >>

UFC Fight Night 103 pre-fight facts: Returning B.J. Penn seeks first win since 2010

  • 12 days ago
  • 11 views

The UFC Hall of Fame career of B.J. Penn will see another chapter on Sunday when “The Prodigy” again returns from a retirement, this time to face Yair Rodriguez in UFC Fight Night 103’s headliner. Ch read news >>