UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson earned a spectacular victory in his debut at UFC 143, knocking out late replacement Dan Stittgen via head kick, and earning an extra $65,000 for KO of the night.
That was his 64th straight victory in combat sports:
37-0 as an amateur kickboxer
20-0 as a pro kickboxer
6-0 in mixed martial arts
However, Matt Brown, who is scheduled to face Thompson at UFC 145 on April 21, is not impressed. In an interview with MMAWeekly, "The Immortal" explains:
"I don’t know what he’s about in MMA. It looked to me he was doing the same old karate, you know, and the karate’s the same thing, like who did he fight in karate? I don’t know. Name me one guy, name me one guy he fought."
"I could tell you the guys I trrain with (in stand up), I can name the guys they fought."
"I’m not too concerned with this guy’s kickboxing. I'd go 100-0 beating a bunch of idiots, but that’s not my style."
"It's the same old s--- to me. He's just a fight to me. Hes got a puzzling awkward style, kind of like a Machida ... he's dangerous for sure ... But I believe Muay Thai beats karate nine of ten times.
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