Attempting to snap a two-fight losing skid in his return to the Octagon, two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Stephen Thompson has welcomed an outing against either former welterweight championship challenger, Nick Diaz, or his younger sibling, one-time lightweight title chaser, Nate Diaz next – calling for a striking battle.
Stephen Thompson, who struggled majorly with the grappling and wrestling ability of both Belal Muhammad, and Gilbert Burns – dropped one-sided unanimous decision losses to both, snapping a run of two straight wins.
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The South Carolina striker most recently met with the aforenoted, Muhammad on the main card of UFC Vegas 45 back in December, giving up a total seven takedowns against the surging Roufusport staple.
Calling for a showdown with a striking talent in his next bout, Thompson has switched focus to both Nick and Nate Diaz, issuing somewhat of a callout to the Stockton fan-favorites, noting his respect for the sport veterans.
“I’m down to fight @nickdiaz209 or @NateDiaz209!” Stephen Thompson tweeted. “I have nothing but respect for both of those guys and I’m ready to go. Who wouldn’t love (a) good striking battle?! #respect #readytogo”
Before his pair of losses to Muhammad and Burns, Thompson, who turned 39-years-old in February – comfortably out-landed both Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal in his two most recent victories.
Earlier this month, Nick Diaz’s longtime coach, Cesar Gracie urged fans and spectators to expect an appearance from the former WEC and Strikeforce welterweight gold holder before the end of the year, having most recently dropped a UFC 266 rematch loss to Robbie Lawler.
For the younger Nate Diaz, The Ultimate Fighter 5 victor retains just a single fight on his current UFC contract, and despite constant calls to book a fight so he can leave the promotion, Diaz has yet to find an Octagon opponent. Diaz has also recently called for the organization to terminate his current deal.