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Stephen Thompson Explains Why He Is No. 1 Contender

Tyron Woodley

Stephen Thompson believes his resume speaks for itself.

“Wonderboy” feels as if he is the rightful No. 1 contender to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

But after Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler, the new titleholder said he had no interest in meeting Thompson. Instead, Woodley planned to target “money fights” with Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz and Georges St-Pierre among others.

Now, Thompson regrets not making more of a point when he had the chance. The contender was working the FOX Sports 1 desk that night Woodley knocked out Lawler.

“If I could have gone back, or if I could have gotten him in a room with closed doors, I would definitely let him know at that time, you’re crazy,” Thompson said, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “When you were a few months ago preaching how you deserve that fight, you deserve the fight, give it to you when you were ranked number FOUR and they still gave it to you. And now you’re doing this to me? It sounds like you’re a hypocrite, man. That’s just crazy talk. It sounds like to me you’re scared. You’re scared to fight me. Let’s do this, let’s go (laughs). I don’t know what else to say without throwing in a few cuss words.”

Some have put Demian Maia, a former UFC middleweight contender, ahead of Thompson in the pecking order. Thompson, who said he has not be confirmed as the next man in line, explained why he is more deserving than the Brazilian.

“I do believe that after me and Tyron fight, that he should be getting the title fight. I think he’s proven himself in the welterweight division, but if you look, I’ve got the longer winning streak. I’m seven (wins), he’s six. I beat Rory MacDonald – the guy who’s the last guy that beat him. But man, I mean, the guys that he’s fought – Carlos Condit is a monster. I mean, Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson- they’re all really good fighters, but I think I have beaten the better fighters, the more prestigious fighters in the division than he has. And obviously I have the longer winning streak (laughs),” he said. “So I know he’s throwing out there (that) he’s an older guy and thinks he should get it before me because he’s an older guy, but hey, I can’t help that he started MMA at a later age. I feel like I started at a later age. I started, what – I think I was 28 when I started mixed martial arts. So yeah man, I’m definitely the one that deserves the next title shot.”

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