This weekend, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is fighting Geoff Neal. It’ll be the main event of a card that was originally scheduled to be headlined by Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, ‘Wonderboy’ has discussed his feelings towards Chimaev being pushed by the UFC and that he believes with a win over Leon Edwards, he’ll get a title shot.
“I think he was ranked No. 15, which doesn’t make sense to me,” Thompson told MMA Junkie. “I know he’s had one fight in the welterweight division, and his opponent is 0-2 right now and normally a lightweight, a 155er. So it just doesn’t make sense how this guy can jump past everybody who’s worked their behinds off to get to where they’re at, and now he’s ranked No. 15 fighting the No. 3 guy, I believe. It’s just ridiculous to me.”
“I had to fight through murderer’s row to get to where I’m at and so did Leon Edwards. He was on a (eight-fight) winning streak to get to where he’s at. I had to fight a slew of guys, I mean tough opponents. Robert Whittaker, Jake Ellenberger, Rory McDonald, Johny Hendricks to get to where I’m at, and then this guy just jumps past everybody. I think it’s a slap in the face to everybody who’s worked their butts off.”
“Guaranteed he’s probably gonna get a title shot if he beats Leon Edwards, and I kinda called this,” Thompson said. “I was wondering why they were pushing Khamzat so hard, and I was like watch Khabib retire, because they’re from the same neck of the woods, they got to please that market, so it kinda makes sense why they’re pushing him so hard.”
Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards is currently being targeted for January 20th, after a positive covid-19 test from Edwards.