Former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson took on former 155-pound champ Anthony Pettis in tonight’s UFC Nashville headliner.
Both Pettis and Thompson entered tonight’s welterweight fight looking to rebound. “Showtime” was coming off a TKO loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, while “Wonderboy” suffered a controversial decision loss to Darren Till in his most recent octagon appearance at UFC Liverpool.
Thompson started off quickly in tonight’s main event, finding a home for his jab while exchanging kicks with Pettis.
After seemingly dominating the majority of the opening two rounds, Thompson would get caught by a perfectly timed Superman punch from Pettis which sent “Wonderboy” crashing to the canvas.
The setback served as the first knockout loss of Stephen Thompson’s illustrious fighting career.
“Wonderboy” took to Facebook where he issued the following statement to his fans following tonight’s shocking loss.
“What’s up guys. I’m at the hospital. Just got knocked out. I don’t even remember a dang thing. All I remember was punching him in the face, his nose bleeding, and then I wake up in the back. When I come to in the back, I have Chris Weidman right there standing next to me. My mom telling me.. but I’m ok. Everything is good. Crap happens. ESpecially when you’ve been in this sport long enough. I’ll be back.”
Stephen Thompson went on to explain why he was taken to hospital.
“They wanted to check my head and my legs and my toe. Because I kicked him really hard with my shin and my toes. So just making sure everything is fine.”
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