Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson lived up to his nickname Saturday night, showcasing his kickboxing and ever-developing ground skills to defeat Chris Clements at UFC 165.
Thompson, who took Clements down several times, finished him with a nasty combination in the second round, earning his second finish victory inside the Octagon.
“I am known as a striker, but I am always working on my wrestling and jiu-jitsu,” Thompson said. “The plan was to work him in and out.”
Thompson (8-1) won over 50 kickboxing matches and was named a world champion several times. He debuted in the UFC in early 2012, scoring a head-kick KO over Dan Stittgen. However, later that year, “Wonderboy” was defeated by Matt Brown.
The loss seemed to motivate him, as Thompson returned this year and earned a decision over former Strikeforce competitor Nah-Shon Burrell. He had little trouble with Clements, utilizing his kicks and strikes at will.
“The more comfortable you get on the ground,” Thompson said, “the less you think about getting taken down.”