If Georges St-Pierre ever squares off with Stephen Thompson, according to the former welterweight champ, he’ll be taking on the best striker he’s ever seen…
Thompson is scheduled to face Tyron Woodley this Saturday, in the main event of UFC 209. The bout will mark the second time they’ve fought, as in November, Woodley and Thompson battled to a majority draw.
Recently the UFC posted a promo video, which features clips of Thompson cracking opponents with punches and kicks. During it, GSP has this to say about his training partner (quote via MMA Mania):
“Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is a good friend of mine and also one of my best training partners,” St-Pierre said. “He has the tools to become champion. It’s only a matter of time for him and he’s getting better every day. I called him before a ‘secret weapon,’ but now he’s not a secret weapon anymore. ‘Wonderboy’ is the best striker I’ve seen in my life.”
That’s quite the compliment, considering some of the strikers that have stepped into the Octagon to date. Chances are, however, that St-Pierre’s not the only person who feels this way. After all, in Thompson we’re talking about a guy who went 57-0 in pro and amateur kickboxing competition. Not only that, but we’ve seen Thompson take out the likes of Dan Stittgen, Chris Clements, Jake Ellenberger and Johny Hendricks in highlight reel fashion.
Now, if Thompson defeats Woodley on Saturday and becomes WW champ, could we see a match-up with GSP down the line? Recently Thompson said he’d “hate” to fight his friend, but that the two understand the fight business.