Stephen Thompson has but to be booked for a struggle in 2020, but he’s eager to compete.
Thompson (15-4-1 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) is coming off a unanimous choice acquire above the streaking Vicente Luque very last November at UFC 244 and is at present weighing the options for his following fight.
With the majority of the welterweight division’s top five booked, Leon Edwards looks like a logical subsequent opponent for “Wonderboy.” But the previous two-time UFC title challenger admits that he’s not far too interested in combating him.
As an alternative, he’d be satisfied to welcome back the returning Nick Diaz.
“Not genuinely,” Thompson told “Submission Radio” on combating Edwards. “If I ended up to be sincere, if he ever will come again, Nick Diaz would be a genuinely very good combat. Attention-grabbing struggle for confident. He’s incredibly hard. I imagine I said something on Twitter the other day about how I would welcome him back again to the division for positive.”
Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is on an 8-fight successful streak, but can not seem to be to internet the prime-contender standing his history would seem to be to demand from customers. He’s mentioned his scenario for a title shot on various events, and irrespective of not remaining fascinated in combating him, Thompson understands in which Edwards is coming from, exhibiting significant praise towards the surging Brit.
“I come to feel nearly terrible for the man, since he pretty much is the man in the best five who deserves to fight for the title,” Thompson reported. “And I consider that him not currently being in a position to get out of London and battle experienced a little something to do with it, that is why they set up Gilbert Burns. But he unquestionably warrants the title, for confident. We’re managed by the same management firm, and I just variety of feel bad that he hasn’t fought for it however. And he, I think, is the scariest person in the division he seriously is. Each and every time you see this man struggle, he receives far better.
“I signify, he comes into the UFC a striker. Now he’s outwrestling, outgrappling men like (Rafael dos Anjos), even Vicente Luque when they fought. He was outwrestling him, having him down, controlling him on the ground. He will get greater each and every time you see him, and these are the fellas that you really have to watch out for, genuinely have to analyze for. Guys like Colby Covington and (Kamaru) Usman with that wrestling foundation, you kind of know what they are bringing to the game. But with a person like Leon Edwards, he receives greater, he’s a frightening opponent.”
In Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC), Thompson sees the struggle as an opportunity to encounter a big title in the activity, in which equally events would reward in a possible matchup.
“I just preferred to place my title out there,” Thompson stated. “That’s a man who’s been in the game a long time. He’s a veteran, and he’s fought some genuinely excellent fellas. I like the Diaz brothers, just their entire demeanor and their frame of mind, that’s just who they are. They are not faking something about it, and you have received to regard that. Which is just who they are, these men. They crack me up. It is great. They are some rough dudes.
“I imagine it would be a terrific exam again for him. I’m rated No. 6 appropriate now. Obviously seeking to transfer up the rankings, if he beats somebody in the prime-10, it’s possible in a single or two extra fights, he could be combating for a title ’cause he’s received a name. You’ve viewed men accomplishing that, men that are well-liked in the division, go to a division, have a person or two fights (and get the title shot).”