Fresh off top notch performance when taken on champion Johny Hendricks, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will meet former title challenger Rory MacDonald this huge UFC Fight Night 89 matchup carries significant title implications, but must certanly be fun as hell too. Odds have yet to release for the bout, so I’ve taken the ability to project them myself.
Since losing a choice to Matt Brown in April 2012, Thompson has won six straight, with four coming through knockout. However, his destruction of Johny Hendricks instantly made him the latest fighter in the 170-pound division. Soon after the bout, FOX analyst Michael Bisping predicted that Thompson is the champion before the year was over.
Yeah, he looked that good, against a man that arguably should have been fighting for a title no less. Thompson is definitely an elite striker, and he was able to fend off the takedown attempts of a fighter many consider the best wrestler in the division. On the feet, Hendricks looked completely lost – which can be scary considering how he went toe-to-toe with Robbie Lawler.
MacDonald is coming off a Fight of the Year against Robbie Lawler, and he was beating the champ before his nose completely shattered in the fifth round. In terms of physical tools and MMA skills, the 26-year old may be the absolute most well-rounded fighter in the division. At his best, he’s a fantastic wrestler who seamlessly blends combination striking and takedowns.
In regards to experience, MacDonald possesses a lot more actual octagon time. Plus, he trains with one of the greatest camps in the world, Tri-Star Gym in Montreal. He’s been performing at a championship level for a long time, with wins over elite competition like Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley.
In the event that you haven’t seen either of their last fights, do yourselves a benefit and google them now. MacDonald is one of many gutsiest fighters in the division, and Thompson is the absolute most exciting striker. There’s no question that Rory will attempt and take this to the ground. If Wonderboy suggests that his takedown