American fighter Stephen Thompson is preparing for a Welterweight fight against Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 296.
Stephen Thompson is 17-6 with one draw in 24 mixed martial arts fights. In Kickboxing, he is 58-0 with one no contest.
Thompson debuted in UFC in 2012. He won his first fight, against Justin Edwards at UFC 143, via knockout in the first round with a head kick. He earned the Knockout of the Night award for his performance.
He beat Chris Clements at UFC 165 via second-round knockout, and he beat Robert Whittaker at UFC 170 via first-round technical knockout that earned him a Performance of the Night award.
He faced UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley for the belt at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016. The two fought to a majority draw, with one of the three judges giving the edge to Woodley. This bout earned the Fight of the Night award.
The Thompson-Woodley rematch took place at UFC 209 on March 4, 2017, in which Thompson lost by majority decision.
Thompson beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 via decision. He lost to Darren Till on May 27, 2018, but the fight was fought at catchweight as Till weight 3.5 pounds over the limit.
Thompson earned another Fight of the Night Award against Vicente Luque on Nov. 2, 2019, a match which Thompson won via unanimous decision.
He earned another Performance of the Night award on Dec. 19, 2020, when he won via unanimous decision over Geoff Neal. His most recent fight was a win over Kevin Holland.
Thompson’s next fight will take place at UFC 296, where he will face Shavkat Rakhmonov in a Welterweight bout.
Thompson is ranked sixth in the Welterweight Division while Rakhmonov is ranked fifth. Thompson is the +350 underdog heading into the match.
Thompson most recently defeated Kevin Holland on Dec. 3, 2022, in a bout that earned him a Fight of the Night award.
Stephen Thompson was born on Feb. 11, 1983, in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He is 40 years old.
Stephen Thompson is 6-feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has a 75-inch reach.