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Stephen Thompson not thinking about fighting Shavkat Rakhmonov next: It doesnt seem sensible for me to handle another heavy grappler

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Stephen Thompson isnt thinking about fighting Shavkat Rakhmonov next.

Thompson hasnt fought since last December when he lost by decision to Belal Muhammad. It had been his second straight defeat, and in both losses, he was out grappled and outwrestled.

Since those setbacks, Thompson has been healing up a collarbone injury but is currently prepared to return at UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. However, the UFC has offered him Shvakat Rakhmonov and really wants to make that fight but Wonderboy says he’s got no fascination with it and wont accept the fight.

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The UFC was discussing maybe Shavkat, he just beat Neil Magny. I was like look, UFC, give me someone that will probably desire to strike with me. I havent rejected the final two guys that are grapplers, among the top grapplers in the welterweight division, didnt turn him down, Thompson thought to BJPENN.com on Thursday. I was like give me a striker. We were considering Li Jingliang but hes got a fight approaching, Kevin Holland, we were likely to take that certain but I needed the Madison Square Garden card and he wished to fight just a little sooner.

Stephen Thompson says he’s got made it recognized to the UFC he really wants to face a striker next. For Wonderboy, he says that is clearly a big reason as to the reasons he wont take the Rakhmonov fight as he doesnt desire to fight another grappler for the 3rd straight fight.

Never. It doesnt seem sensible for me to handle another heavy grappler. I want to focus on my craft a bit more, particularly when it involves wrestling, Thompson added. These were pushing it, nonetheless it just doesnt seem sensible, the fans didnt desire to view it either. They’re like dude, give Stephen a striker, a person who will probably strike with him. It really is what it really is, that’s not a fight that interests me at this stage.

Who you want to see Stephen Thompson fight next given that he isnt thinking about Shavkat Rakhmonov?

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