UFC 165: Stephen Thompson Shows Impressive Striking Against Chris Clements

By Jeremy Green
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Stephen Thompson was looking to put a stamp on his fight with Chris Clements, which took place at UFC 165, and he certainly did just that. Coming into this bout, both fighters were known for their unorthodox striking game, making this fight a compelling one in terms of the standing battle.

This proved to be an excellent bout, as both fighters were able to engage on the feet. Thompson was even to show off his improved grappling and takedown skills, which was always a chink in his armor. Later in the fight, Thompson was able to elude the punches of Clements, and land a devastating straight left that sent Clements out and to the canvas.

Now, Thompson is on a two-fight winning streak, and he is looking to make a run in the UFC’s welterweight division. The improved takedown defense and takedown abilities seems to be paying off in dividends, as Thompson now can be more elusive with his strikes, since he doesn’t have to worry about being taken down as much.

Thompson can only go up from here, especially if he continues to work on his ground game, because Thompson is one of the most dynamic strikers in all of the UFC. His perfect 20-0 kickboxing record is just a testament to the type of striking Thompson has. It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up with next, but Thompson is proving with each fight that he can be an elite welterweight with time. Congrats to Thompson on the impressive KO finish over Clements in the second round.

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