Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, who is looking to end his two-fight losing skid in his upcoming fight with Vicente Luque at UFC 244, had a message for Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington on Saturday:
“Just fight,” Thompson said in an interview with PlanetMMA.
Thompson’s viewpoint seems to be consistent with most of the MMA community. Covington is clearly the next title challenger, but has yet to have a fight with Usman confirmed due to negotiation issues. As the No. 9 ranked welterweight, Thompson isn’t quite in the title picture right now, but said the stalemate between Usman and Covington would irk him if he was.
“If I was closer to that title shot I think it would be a little frustrating. You know, if I was ranked No. 3 or No. 2, maybe right there to get that title shot I think so… So for me it’s not that frustrating. But just fight. Just fight. Colby Covington, Usman, just go out there, put it out on the line, duke it out, and see who gets it.”
Thompson will hope to get back into the win column in his fight against Vicente Luque in November. Although he was knocked out for the very first time against Anthony Pettis earlier this year, Thompson insists that he won’t be hesitant in the slightest during this fight.
“I guess when you’re in the game long enough, you kind of expect something like [the knockout] to happen,” Thompson said. “Of course you don’t want to get knocked out, but it’s not that bad… And to be honest with you, it hasn’t affected me one bit.”
Luque called out “Wonderboy” after defeating Mike Perry in August via split decision. He’s currently on a six-fight win streak and ranked No. 14 in the welterweight division. UFC 244 is expected to be headlined by Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, with Darren Till’s middleweight debut against Kelvin Gastelum serving as the co-main event.
What do you think? Will Usman and Covington reach an agreement? How will Wonderboy’s next fight go against Vicente Luque? Let us know in the comments!