UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has defeated anyone in the Top 5 of his division with the exception of two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson, which is why “Wonderboy” believes he really should be up coming in line for a crack at the crown.
No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards likely could have grabbed that place, but advertising president Dana White wanted “Rocky” to create a “spectacular” gain about Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21, not a “No Contest” as a result of a blatant eye poke.
“I know Edwards is like, ‘No guy, I want to battle for the title.’ Arrive on, dude. You haven’t fought,” Thompson explained on his podcast. “I deserve the title additional than you deserve it at this level. I’m just indicating. You know what I imply? Appear on, fellas. I’m the only man that Usman has not fought. That should have been a disqualification. It was a no contest, what? Edwards ought to have been DQ’d. That’s 2 times. He acquired warned, did it yet again, performed-zo.”
Thompson (16-4-1), now 38, scored a unanimous determination victory more than Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17 in Dec. 2020 to sign up his 2nd straight win. Functioning in his favor is the reality that “Wonderboy” has presently defeated fellow contender Jorge Masvidal.
Speaking of “Gamebred,” he’s scheduled to operate it back with Usman at the UFC 261 pay back-for each-view (PPV) function on April 24 in Jacksonville. Ideally by then, the promotion can figure out if Edwards — or Thompson — is following in line for the 170-pound strap.
The most straightforward way to attain that is to make them battle.