Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson Fires Warning Shot At McGregor
Following his five round back and forth war with the welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 205, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has a message to dual featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor who has hinted at taking a crack at the 170 pound title next.
Thompson has not shied away from his appreciation of McGregor’s tenacity, but he did have something to say about the possibility of McGregor fighting for the welterweight strap.
“He’s definitely going to have to wait. Let’s settle this score first before he even talks about going to 170,” said Thompson this week on the Fight Society podcast.
Given what McGregor has been able to achieve in the past year, knocking out the featherweight champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to take the featherweight title and then going on to knock out underground king Eddie Alvarez to earn the lightweight title, it’s hard to see why McGregor wouldn’t want to pursue a third belt.
That said, Thompson and many other welterweights severely outsize McGregor in terms of height and reach, and at welterweight most of McGregor’s physical advantages that help make him so powerful at 145 and 155 pounds are completely gone.
“To be honest with you, Conor McGregor at 170, I think he’s just going to be thrown around like a little rag doll,” Thompson said. The weight class is just so much bigger. I didn’t expect Tyron to be as strong as he was. He’s a thick dude, short but thick and very strong opponent.”
Thompson liked the sound of the paycheck he could potentially earn in a fight with McGregor, however he also cautioned that there was very little upside for beating a fighter he is significantly larger than.
“Anybody who fights McGregor is going to have a good payday. He’s one of the best guys in the UFC. He’s got two belts. You’re out there to fight the best guys, but it is kind of a lose-lose situation,” said Thompson. “You go out there and you defeat Conor and everybody will be like ‘you should have beat him.’ What did you think was going to happen? But if you lose? So it’s a lose-lose situation to go out there and fight somebody like that.”