Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Jorge Masvidal are set to meet at UFC 217, the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden.
It puts and end to speculation that the duo — considered two of the best strikers in the welterweight division — would finally face each other. The news was first hinted at by Masvidal himself, who took to Twitter to promise violence, before MMAFighting went on to confirm the story.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 17, 2017
It marks the return of Thompson after two five round bouts with 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley, one a draw and one a slim defeat. For Masvidal, it’s his comeback following a loss to recent number one contender Demian Maia, which broke a three fight win streak.
UFC 217 is to be headlined by UFC middleweight champion Micheal Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre, and will also feature the postponed title bout between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and The Ultimate Fighter rival T.J. Dillashaw.