Stephen Thompson Eyes Rematch With Jorge Masvidal Next, Welcomes Robbie Lawler Clash

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 28, 2022
    Stephen Thompson

    Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Stephen Thompson has recovered from aggravating a collarbone injury in his most recent Octagon outing back in December, and still campaigns for an NMF x BMF rematch with Jorge Masvidal, as well as revealing a bout with former undisputed champion, Robbie Lawler had been discussed.

    In the midst of a two-fight losing run for the first time since 2019, Thompson, a decorated kickboxer featured on the main card of UFC Vegas 45 back in December of last year, slumping to his second consecutive loss in the form of a one-sided unanimous decision defeat against the streaking, Belal Muhammad.

    The defeat marked a previous tough time with grappling-based offense for Simpsonville striker Stephen Thompson, who had succumbed to another judging loss against the #2 ranked one-time title challenger, Gilbert Burns in the co-main event of the high-profile UFC 264 card last July.

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    Stephen Thompson twice challenged for UFC gold against former titleholder, Tyron Woodley

    During his bout with Muhammad in December, Thompson suffered a collarbone injury, aggravated from his April 2012 pairing with recent feature, Matt Brown, but has since recovered. And is planning an Octagon comeback against either Masvidal in a rematch, or opposite former undisputed welterweight titleholder, Lawler.

    “After my last fight, I had a collarbone issue – (I) ended up tearing the cartilage in my collarbone – which is an old injury,” Stephen Thompson said on The MMA Hour. “I ended up injuring it in the Matt Brown fight, so that’s how far back that goes. I’m healed up from it, I’m back in training camp…”

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    “You know, I’m ranked one spot higher than (Jorge) Masvidal – and he’s a striker,” Stephen Thompson said. “UFC, give me someone who wants to stand there and strike, please. Masvidal would be awesome. The NMF versus the BMF, we’ve been talking about it a long time. Robbie Lawler was thrown out there as well, I know he’s not ranked, but he’s still an exciting opponent – a guy who I’ve been trying to fight since he was the champ. So there are some guys there.”

    Before his pair of pivotal losses against both Muhammad and Burns, Thompson had turned in a pair of impressive unanimous decision victories against both Vicente Luque, and most recently, Geoff Neal.

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    Initially matching with fellow two-time title challenger, Masvidal back in November 2017 at the monstrous UFC 217 card at Madison Square Garden, Thompson managed to secure a unanimous decision victory over the Floridian.