Stephen Thompson eagerly wants to fight Leon Edwards

Stephen Thompson shares his thoughts on fighting Leon Edwards.

by Aryan Lakhani
Stephen Thompson eagerly wants to fight Leon Edwards
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The well-experienced welterweight contender Stephen Thompson will make his first appearance of the year against one of the toughest competitors in the division: Shakvat Rakhmonov. Both fighters will fight each other on 16th December under the stacked UFC 296 main card.

A win will play a pivotal role for Stephen Thompson as it will easily allow him to demand a fight against someone from the top 7. Thompson recently expressed his keenness to fight Leon Edwards, and it will be fascinating to see if that fight can happen in the near future.

Thompson is just a few wins away from attracting this opportunity into his life.

Stephen Thompson on Leon Edwards

Recently on The Submission Radio, Stephen Thompson explained how he looks forward to fighting Leon Edwards.

“I think that’s crap, because there is, man! There’s a ton of people,” Thompson said, as quoted by “I think it’s smart for him. He’s only been the champ for one fight, and after those two fights.

Have at least two or three, four fights before you go on. Clean the division out. He hasn’t done that. The guy that I’m going to be calling out is whoever is champ, And I believe it’s going to be Leon. It’s not for the title.

I’m not going out there and calling out, ‘I want the next title shot.’ I want whoever’s champ. And as of right now, before that fight, it’s going to be Leon. I’m going to be calling out Leon.

I’m going to let everybody know: UFC, I’m coming for Leon. That’s a fight that I thought was going to happen before he even got the title shot. There’s a few times where I called him out, and he wasn’t obviously biting cause he was on a streak.

Thompson further said: But that’s something that I thought was going to happen before he was champ, and it never did. And now that he’s champ, I think that would be a banger. He’s only been fighting grapplers here pretty much. He’s been fighting grapplers”.

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