Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson holds a decision win over Jorge Masvidal two years ago, but he came away impressed with his performance after watching his third round TKO victory over Nate Diaz on Saturday night at UFC 244.
“He looked better than ever, man – for sure,” Thompson told MMAjunkie. “(He’s) definitely a different fighter from when I fought him last. His striking looked good – very unpredictable. That head kick in the first round was sick. I’ve got to give him props for that because I love to kick people in the head, as well. But I thought it was great. I mean Nate Diaz, he didn’t have an answer. He tried to come back with some stuff, but I can just tell: Masvidal crushed him. After that first round, he didn’t want anymore. I’m pretty sure he wanted out of there, but hat’s off to Masvidal. (He) definitely deserved it, and like I was telling everybody before, that’s my inspiration, bro.”
However, after having defeated Vicente Luque in a convincing decision earlier in the evening, Thompson admits he came away disappointed with the controversial nature of Masvidal’s victory due to a cut, which leaves a lot of uncertainty over what’s going to happen next in the division.
“I see myself working up the rankings and I figured – I was kind of disappointed the fight, the main event, ended the way it did because I really wanted to fight one of those guys,” Thompson said. “It would have been awesome – nicest guy vs. the baddest guy. It would have been really cool. But we’ll see.”