Thompson Breaks Down KO By Pettis
Stephen Thompson has no idea how Anthony Pettis knocked him out last weekend at UFC Nashville.
The two men would face off in a welterweight main event that would see Pettis’ lights go out with a superman punch in the second round. The knockout would drop Thompson for the first time in his career, but it seemed all was okay for the title contender… but he can’t recall what happened after he hit the canvas
“I remember the first round very well and I don’t remember the second round very well,” Thompson told Luke Thomas during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “But, I remember going back to the corner and having his blood all over my chest. I’m looking and he’s leaking from his nose and I’m like ‘Man, did I break his nose?’ After that, it’s kind of blank. I literally come to in the back. I see Chris Weidman, I see my mom, I see my brother and I don’t remember being out in the cage or walking back or taking pictures with everybody. I don’t remember that at all.”
“I didn’t expect him to stand right there in front of me,” Thompson said of Pettis standing and trading with him at the Bridgestone Arena. “But, he actually met me in the middle and started coming at me. He did throw a lot of leg kicks but I remember thinking his strikes with punches were kind of slow in the first round. Like ‘Man, this isn’t going to take long at all.’ That’s what you get for thinking.
“The game plan was to really pump the jab and get him back up a bit and then look for the knockout from there. He did keep his hands up fairly high, which made that fairly difficult. So I started going to the body as well with my own body kick to try to get him to drop those hands a little bit. In the later rounds, I figured that those body shots would wear his body down and he’d dropped his hands and the knockout would be a little easier. But, we never made it to that point.”
“I know I’ve been hit harder than that, I know Tyron has hit me harder that,” Thompson said of his title challenge against Woodley at UFC 209. “Why did this punch affect me like it did? The only thing I can think of is it just being right on the money. Sometimes, that’s all it takes. I threw a sidekick that kind of glanced off him and put me in a bad position where my right foot was trailing to the outside of him, which put me closer to him. I know his back was to the cage, so all he had to do was lunge forward and, of course, when you’re throwing your punch with your whole body behind it, it makes it that much more powerful and the last three or four inches is where the power comes from. So, throwing that straight right down the pipe, that’s what did it.
“It took me a while to figure it out and go back and watch it. It didn’t look like it was that much. Especially after Tyron put me down and didn’t put me away. I’m sitting there thinking ‘Why was that?’ But, you know, it doesn’t have to take a gorilla of a punch to put you away. You put it right on the spot and that’s all it takes.”
Thompson claims his brain declared “fine” in the aftermath of his knockout/blackout, but won’t look to rush back into the cage, even with a fight in his hometown in play.
“I know there’s a fight in my hometown in three months. So, we’re going to see how we feel in two weeks. I’m not going to push it at all, especially after a knock down like that. I don’t want to jump back too soon. So, I don’t know.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting