If you decided to tap-out from watching more fights Sunday night, then you missed Stephen Thompson’s jaw dropping, stoppage win over Jake Ellenberger.
As you likely know, Thompson faced Ellenberger in the headliner of the TUF 21 Finale, and although he got rocked early on, “Wonderboy” came storming back. That storm involved not one, but two spinning head kicks that landed, and led to Ellenberger being put away at the 4:29 mark.
By defeating a longtime contender like Ellenberger, Thompson has more buzz behind him than ever, and middleweight champ Chris Weidman understands why. While speaking to MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani about Thompson, here is what Weidman had to say about his friend (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“I’m so happy for him. I think it’s a good thing he got clipped with that shot because you got to see his wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Now, people know this guy is a serious problem for the whole division. Seriously. For a match up, any of these stand-up guys, they are not going to want to stand up with him. If anything, you would think that a wrestler with power in his hands is a guy that would be a bad match up, and look what he just did to him.”
Weidman makes a good point, as although Ellenberger has struggled in the last couple of years, he does have bricks for fists and is a very solid wrestler. Thompson’s striking game has always drawn rave reviews, but as he continues to evolve as a complete fighter, it’s certainly not hard to imagine him making a title run.
With Sunday’s win, Thompson extended his winning streak to five and has moved into the #9 ranking at 170. Ellenberger slipped three spots to #12.