This is about as angry as Stephen Thompson is going to get.
The mild-mannered “Wonderboy” expressed his emotions about the possibility of not getting a title shot next with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour this past Monday. Tyron Woodley, the UFC’s new welterweight champion, has said he would prefer to face either Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz, both big financial draws, in his first title defense, rather than Thompson, the No. 1 contender.
“If they don’t give this to me, then something is really wrong,” Thompson said. “Wouldn’t you say? … i just think it’s kind of crap that he won’t take it.”
Thompson (13-1) has done everything in his power to earn a title shot. He has won seven straight and his huge wins against Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks in his last two bouts. Against Hendricks, Thompson finished by TKO in the first round. “Wonderboy” is the unequivocal top contender to the belt.
On the other hand, Woodley is interested in making as much money as he can. St-Pierre, the legend and former longtime champion, and Diaz are far bigger names than Thompson.
“Wonderboy” doesn’t believe Woodley should have that kind of choice since he just won the title from Robbie Lawler by first-round TKO last Saturday in the main event of UFC 201.
“You just got the title,” Thompson said. “Fight the No. 1 contender. You go out there and smoke the No. 1 contender, then you can start talking about who you want to fight. A lot of people think you’re not the champion until you defend it one time. Right off the bat, just start picking who you’re fighting? That’s ridiculous. Defend it one time. Let the No. 1 contender get in there. Prove yourself that you just won the title.”
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