Conor McGregor rallied to knock out Chad Mendes in a result that sent shockwaves through the sport and proved McGregor an elite fighter, not just a trash talker. In the co-main event of that same card, Robbie Lawler beat Rory MacDonald is what was hands down the best fight of the year.
One night after UFC 189 in July, there was another UFC card. In the same MGM Grand Garden Arena. Except all the pomp and circumstance had departed. All that was left were a few thousand people, probably still hungover — literally and figuratively — from the incredible night before.
In the main event of the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, Stephen Thompson knocked out Jake Ellenberger with not one, but two spinning hook kicks in the first round. It was an incredible, action-movie like sequence that we should still be talking about today. Thompson’s KO barely gets talked about as being among the best of the year when it should be right there.
“It was like it didn’t even happen,” Thompson told MMA Fighting.
Thompson (11-1), with all the momentum in the world, has not fought since. He has won five straight and put his name up there among the top welterweights in the UFC. But if that dualing spinning hook kicks finish happened on its own, on some other card, it’s possible “Wonderboy” would have gotten something of a push.
“Everybody was kind of tired of being there,” Thompson said. “Some fans had left. The card on Saturday night was amazing. But I did exactly what I said I was going to do and that was put on a show. The people that were there were super excited about it.”
Thompson, 32, was supposed to fight Neil Magny at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 back ….View full article
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