Stephen Thompson will fulfill his wish to face a top 5 opponent when he takes on runner-up Gilbert “Durinho” Burns.
Since Stephen Thompson defeated Geoff Neal last December, he has started pushing a lot for an opponent ranked in the top 5 of the welterweight division. It even came down to waiting for someone to get hurt or have to withdraw from a fight for whatever reason so that he could step in and face someone of such rank. Fortunately, no calamity had to occur for Thompson to fulfill his wish, as ESPN has reported that Thompson and Gilbert Burns agreed to fight each other at UFC 264, which is expected to be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Stephen Thompson is a former title contender currently ranked No. 5 in the welterweight division. Thompson was starting to fade from the image of the contenders a couple of years ago, but with back-to-back wins over Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal, two dangerous and ranked welterweights, he is one big win away from being right in the middle of the fight. title conversation. And it’s not much bigger than a win over the man who just challenged for the title, Gilbert Burns.
Gilbert Burns is coming off a loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 258. Burns had his moments early in the fight with some heavy punches that almost (but not officially) brought the champion down, and for a minute it looked like he might be the first UFC man to sleep “The Nigerian Nightmare.” Burns admits to becoming overzealous while Usman remained cool enough to finally run away with the fight. However, Burns made it clear that he was going to do whatever it took to get back to Usman, and that begins with solving the riddle of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
With the addition of this fight, the current lineup for UFC 264 is as follows:
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia
Who do you think will get the W? Gilbert Burns or Stephen Thompson?