If anyone had forgotten about Stephen Thompson in the UFC welterweight division, Saturday’s conclusive win against Geoff Neal served as a reminder that ‘Wonderboy’ remains among the 170-pound elite.
Neal, who came into the fight on the back of five straight wins in the Octagon, had no answer for Thompson’s arsenal of striking. He was picked off at distance when he sat back and was ushered away with smart kicks when he pushed forward, as part of a vintage ‘Wonderboy’ performance — but what next for the former two-time welterweight title challenger?
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“I wanna see the NMF [Nicest Motherf*cker] versus the BMF [Baddest Motherf*cker],” he said after the fight. “Let’s make that happen. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson versus Jorge Masvidal 2. I know that he’s talking about fighting Colby Covington, but we’ll see.”
Both Thompson and Masvidal have met in the cage before, with ‘Wonderboy’ taking a decision win in their fight three years ago inside Madison Square Garden and ‘Gamebred’ appeared to suggest that he is open to a do-over with Thompson when he posted to Twitter soon afterwards that he had “unfinished business.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) December 20, 2020
Masvidal, though, has been linked to a fight with former training partner turned rival Colby Covington but specific details of that have yet to be forthcoming. Masvidal was defeated in his last fight, a world title bout against Kamaru Usman in July while Covington routed Tyron Woodley in September in what was his first fight since his own defeat against Usman.