Stephen Thompson entered the UFC with an incredible kickboxing record and several world titles.
Saturday night at UFC 165, he put those skills on display against Chris Clements, stringing together several nasty combinations before finishing the Canadian in the second round.
“The game plan was to work him in and out,” Thompson said.
For Thompson, the win was his third in the UFC. Back in early 2012, he finished Dan Stittgen with a head-kick KO. Later that year, though, “Wonderboy” suffered his first career loss to Matt Brown, but pushed the welterweight contender the full 15 minutes.
Thompson was also more consistent with his wrestling, taking Clements down several times.
“I am known as a striker, but I am always working on wrestling and jiu-jitsu,” said Thompson, who defeated Nah-Shon Burrell earlier this year. “The more comfortable you get on the ground, the less you have to think about getting taken down.”
Thompson’s father, Ray, is a former professional fighter who got his son into karate at an early age.