UFC 170 Play-by-Play: Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson

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Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson

Round 1: Whittaker lands a solid jab to start the action.  Thompson delivers an inside leg kick.  Whittaker moving forward behind his jab.  Thompson lands to the body with a kick.  Thompson switches stances.  He lands a front leg axe kick.  Whittaker inches forward.  Thompson moves away.  Whittaker picks up the pace.  Thompson moving in and out.  He lands a front leg side kick to the body followed by a combination.  Thompson lands to the body with a right hand.  Whittaker moves in with a right hand.  Thompson answers with a left.  Thompson mixing it up well.  He lands a right right hand that drops Whittaker.  Whittaker gets to his feet but is hurt.  Thompson drops him again.  Thompson follows Whittaker to the canvas and finishes with a series of strikes.

The official time of the technical knockout was 3:43 of the opening round.


Stephen Thompson:
“I can’t even describe how good I feel right now. Whittaker is a very tough opponent so I was careful to stay away from his power and use my speed. I’ve got great instructors and coaches and my ground game is improving quickly. I’m still a striker at heart though so naturally that’s where I want the fight to take place. I’m a fighter which means I will fight anyone at any place any time the UFC wants me to. I’m ready for whatever they have lined up next for me.”

Robert Whittaker:
“I was focused on the game plan but Stephen is a tough guy. He has a good striking skills, that were showing tonight at the octagon.  I tried to show up in the best shape, but it was not enough. I learned a lot from this loss and I’m going to use every bit of it in training for the next one.”




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