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Oli Thompson Ready for ‘Huge Opportunity’ Against Matt Mitrione at Bellator 158

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2015 proved to be a watershed year for English heavyweight Oli Thompson.

In five fights, Thompson picked up five wins, three by finish, effectively rebuilding a career that was spiraling after three straight losses the year before.

“At the beginning of 2015, I was very much down in the dumps, and looking for inspiration to get myself back to where I belong,” Thompson told MMAWeekly.com. “If you look at the guys I beat in the year, it was three or four legitimate guys who were on good runs. It was an amazing year. For me it was satisfying and it was redemption. It took me full circle to where I feel I belong.”

While last year was exemplary for Thompson, 2016 has been a big frustrating in terms of keeping his momentum going.

“I actually accepted a fight earlier in the year against former Bellator champ Alexander Volkov, and that fight didn’t come off due to promotional issues, so it wasn’t Alexander’s fault,” said Thompson. “I was offered a fight with Fedor Emelianenko (at EFN 50), which he turned down for an easier opponent. Then I accepted for the same show for Vitaly Minakov, and he also turned down for an easier opponent.”

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2016 so far hasn’t been a total wash for Thompson. He knows that being back on a winning streak only means that more is expected of him, and he has to work harder than before to meet those expectations.

“With success comes pressure for more success, so I need to be a better version than the version of me that was out last year,” Thompson said. “I’m ambitious, and I want ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly