The “big” John McCarthy has revealed an interesting fact about UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson and his desire to keep fighting for years to come.
In an episode of his Weighing podcast, McCarthy, with co-host Josh Thomson, responded to recent comments from “Wonderboy”. The veteran contestant has claimed he wants to become the oldest fighter to compete in the UFC. Discussing this, McCarthy said:
“Did you see he said he wanted to be the oldest fighter to fight in the UFC? Do you know how old that would be? 51 years old! [That was] Ron van CLIEF. Go back to UFC 4, he fought Royce Gracie, he was 51 … Randy [Couture] was 47 years old. “
Watch McCarthy’s comments during the Weigh In podcast below:
Watch the full podcast episode here:
Stephen Thompson is currently 38 and has been with the UFC since 2012. He has fought for the welterweight championship twice in his illustrious career to date, both against Tyron Woodley at UFC 205 and at UFC 209. However, he was unable to secure the title in either case.
‘Wonderboy’ is known in the mixed martial arts world as one of the most accomplished forwards in UFC history. He was also a training partner for former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
One of the friendliest fighters in the UFC, he was unofficially awarded the title of “NMF” or “The Nicest Motherf *** er”, as opposed to the BMF title held by Jorge Masvidal.
Stephen Thompson released statement of apology after defeat to Belal Muhammad
Stephen Thompson recently lost to Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 45 via unanimous decision. The American kickboxing specialist is now 2-2 in his last four fights.
True to himself, Stephen Thompson released a humble and apologetic statement following his loss to the No.5 ranked UFC welterweight. ‘Wonderboy’ took to Instagram with a post that read:
“I want to apologize to my coaches, my family and my fans for my performance. I am motivated, not broken.”
The 38-year-old has beaten many notable names inside the Octagon, including Geoff Neal, Vicente Luque, Jorge Masvidal, Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Robert Whittaker and Matt Brown.
Despite his recent setbacks, “Wonderboy” is arguably one of the most entertaining and beloved welterweights in UFC history. Whatever the next step for him, fans will certainly remain excited to see him in action.
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