Stephen Wonderboy Thompson
Things couldn’t have gone much better for Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson than they did during his debut fight in the UFC.

Thompson stepped in on short notice to make his UFC debut and then even got a little extra treat when his opponent changed just a few days later.

The 57-0 kickboxing prodigy didn’t bat an eye at the changes however, and instead uncorked a headkick knockout of opponent Dan Stittgen late in the first round to win his first fight in the Octagon, and a few hours later took him ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors.

“Words can’t describe it, I was definitely on cloud 9,” Thompson told MMAWeekly Radio after his fight.

It’s sometimes tough to get attention when you’re on the undercard for a major UFC pay-per-view, but ‘Wonderboy’ certainly did his part to get more than a few eyes on him. Even UFC President Dana White raved about his performance, but he already knew a lot about the karate kid after hearing so much courtesy of UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“Joe Rogan has been talking about this guy in his sleep. Every time I talk to Rogan, he was going crazy about this kid and then for him to come in and pull off a kick like that was awesome,” White said about Thompson following UFC 143.

“You keep doing (expletive) like that, you’re going to be very marketable, and people are going to love to watch you fight.”

It’s hard to imagine a fighter with a 63-0 professional record between kickboxing and MMA still having an ounce of humility left, but that’s pretty much all Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is made of. Hearing about Rogan’s compliments only made him throw some back at the Eddie Bravo trained grappler.

“It’s a tremendous feeling, especially someone like Joe Rogan, he’s the man. He’s out there commentating and he knows the game so well, he’s like a guru of the martial arts,” Thompson said about Rogan. “It’s really good for somebody like Joe Rogan or Dana White to talk about you, even though it was my first UFC fight. It gives me a tremendous amount of confidence and I’m ready for the next one whenever that is.”

One aspect that just about everyone was talking about after Thompson’s debut was his unique stance during his fight with Stittgen. Well, technically it was only unique to those not from a karate background.

See, Thompson learned karate almost as early as he learned how to read, and he’s carried his father’s martial art with him every step of the way. He now proudly displays it in the Octagon, and while he may not pull off a crane kick anytime soon, expect ‘Wonderboy’ to be a proud karate fighter for years to come.

“Karate’s what I started with from day one. It is my life,” said Thompson. “It’s good to see karate come back into the fight game. I’ve heard so many other MMA guys talk bad about karate, and how it shouldn’t be used in MMA.

“I mean look at Lyoto Machida, he’s at the top and he’s a karate guy. It’s really good to see karate get used in MMA. There’s a lot of things karate can help out with in MMA, especially with the movements, the awkward angles karate gives you, and it definitely helps out with your striking.”

Now with his initial UFC fight behind him and a ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus in his pocket, Thompson isn’t slowing down. On Monday just after his fight, Thompson was already back in the gym teaching his students and getting back into his normal training regimen.

It might be hard for some fighters to top the kind of debut that Thompson had, but there’s a reason they call him ‘Wonderboy’. He’s already looking forward to the opportunity.

“It was my first fight and really whoever Dana White puts in front of me, I’m going to be ready for it. My ground game is getting better everyday, my wrestling is getting better everyday, and I’m just going to go back,” said Thompson.

“I’m not going to take a day off, I’ll be ready for whoever he puts in front of me.”

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Related News

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie Rankings, Jan. 31: Shevchenko-Pena flip-flop, Masvidal makes big leap

  • 26 days ago
  • 7 views

This past Saturday’s UFC on FOX 23 event in Denver saw some shifts in the balance of a couple divisions. Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Fan-favorite Chan Sung Jung, the Korean Zombie, finally makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon after three years away due to injuries and a two-year stint in the South Korean military. He takes read news >>

UFC Fight Night 104 results: Tecia Torres makes easy work of Bec Rawlings in rematch

  • 22 days ago
  • 8 views

HOUSTON – Bec Rawlings weighed in heavy, and showed up to fight with a purple pom-pom on her head that made her tough to miss. Tecia Torres came in on weight and with some nifty footwork that made he read news >>

How to watch UFC 208 tonight: Fight card, start time, online results and where to stream

  • 16 days ago
  • 23 views

The UFC makes it Brooklyn debut tonight with UFC 208, and the pay-per-view card features a women’s title fight, as well as the return of Anderson Silva. Here’s how to watch.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 105 pre-event facts: It's Derrick Lewis, the UFC's most active heavyweight

  • 11 days ago
  • 9 views

The UFC makes its 23rd trip to Canada with a special Sunday night showcase when UFC Fight Night 105 takes place at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Check out 45 pre-event facts.Filed under: Featured, Ne read news >>

Cage Warriors 80 results: Karl Amoussou takes vacant 170-pound title, makes case for UFC spot

  • 8 days ago
  • 9 views

After making quick work of Matt Inman to add a seventh finish to his current streak, newly crowned Cage Warriors champ Karl Amoussou made a clear statement with a “Hey UFC, it’s time” shirt.Filed und read news >>

UFC 209: Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson Full Card Preview and Predictions

  • 13 days ago
  • 37 views

Last Saturday's UFC 208 was an ugly card, but things will return to normal at UFC 209...more or less. Two incredibly compelling fights sit atop the March 4 event in the welterweight title match betwe read news >>

Holly Holm: UFC 208 Warrior Code Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

Go one-on-one with Holly Holm and find out what makes the former champ a UFC warrior. Holm faces Germaine de Randamie in the main event at UFC 208. read news >>

Did You Score Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson's First Bout a Draw? (UFC 209 Free Fight) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 7 views

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thomson first met at UFC 205 in a Fight of the Night which ended in a majority draw. They meet again to settle the score at UFC 209. read news >>

Ahead of UFC 209 rematch, watch first Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson fight at UFC 205

  • 5 days ago
  • 10 views

Their first fight featured 25 minutes of back-and-forth, and quite a bit of spilled blood for Stephen Thompson – but ultimately, no winner between him and champ Tyron Woodley. Watch it in full inside read news >>