Stephen Thompson Issues Statement After Being KO’d By Showtime Punch

UFC Nashville took place in the early hours of the morning, it was a spectacular card featuring names like Anthony Pettis, Curtis Blaydes and Stephen Thompson. It was all fireworks in the main event as ‘Showtime’ moved up in weight and knocked ‘Wonderboy’ out cold…

The execution was nothing short of amazing, a superman punch that landed on the button and put Stephen Thompson to sleep. Then, of course, a couple more for good measure. Pettis put the whole of the Welterweight division on notice with that performance.

This was the first time ‘Wonderboy’ has ever been finished, Pettis made history at UFC Nashville. Pettis, coming off of a second-round loss against Tony Ferguson turned back the clock with this knockout.

Both fighters were clearly in it to win it from the start, exchanging kicks with each other and Thompson finding his jab and establishing his presence in the cage. Until of course the second round came around and he was sent into the canvas by Pettis.

Thompson has always been a humble fighter, so he was very quick to release a statement regarding his loss. Straight from the hospital, ‘Wonderboy’ had nothing but respect for the former Lightweight champion. How could you not show respect after a knockout like that anyway?

Stephen Thompson Issues Statement After Being KO'd By Showtime Punch
Anthony Pettis stunned Stephen Thompson with a rare superman punch knockout. Image source UFC on Twitter

Quotes courtesy of BJPenn.com

“What’s up guys. I’m at the hospital. Just got knocked out. I don’t even remember a dang thing. All I remember was punching him in the face, his nose bleeding, and then I wake up in the back. When I come to in the back, I have Chris Weidman right there standing next to me. My mom telling me.. but I’m ok. Everything is good. Crap happens. Especially when you’ve been in this sport long enough. I’ll be back.”

He went on to talk about why he was taken to the hospital.

“They wanted to check my head and my legs and my toe. Because I kicked him really hard with my shin and my toes. So just making sure everything is fine.”

With any win, fighters get asked who they would like next and like many other fighters, McGregor was brought up. Pettis said McGregor would be a good fight at Welterweight. Agree or disagree?

Conor wants to fight Khabib again, so we have a feeling he’ll stick to 155lbs. Other than that, whos next for Pettis at 170lbs? Do you see him getting a title shot eventually?

UFC NASHVILLE QUICK RESULTS By MMAMania.com:

Stephen Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis — Pettis def. Thompson by KO (punch) at 4:55 of Round Two
Curtis Blaydes vs. Justin Willis — Blaydes def. WIllis by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
John Makdessi vs. Jesus Pinedo — Makdessi def. Pinedo by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Jussier Formiga — Formiga def. Figueiredo by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Luis Pena vs. Steven Peterson — Pena def. Peterson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
J.J. Aldrich vs. Maycee Barber — Barber def. Aldrich by TKO (punches) at 3:01 of Round Two
Bryce Mitchell vs. Bobby Moffett — Mitchell def. Moffett by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Frankie Saenz vs. Marlon Vera — Vera def. Saenz by TKO (punches) at 1:25 of Round One
Alexis Davis vs. Jennifer Maia — Maia def. Davis by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Angela Hill vs. Randa Markos — Markos def. Hill by submission (armbar) at 4:24 of Round One
Chris Gutierrez vs. Ryan MacDonald — Gutierrez def. MacDonald by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jordan Espinosa vs. Eric Shelton — Espinosa def. Shelton by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

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