Man I hate to keep swinging from the anatomy of a guy but Stephen Thompson did it! He won his fight and also a 65 thousand dollar knockout of the night bonus at UFC 143 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. He was in the very first fight of the whole night and he set the tone by trying to kick a dude's head clean off his damn shoulders.
He put on a karate clinic in the octagon and made himself look like all the hype is highly deserved. Putting into words how talented he is as a striker is an impossible task. His skills are poetry in motion once he's in there to fight. It's impressive in that Anderson Silva/Lyoto Machida/Chuck Norris movie kinda way where you know you're seeing someone do something better than just about anybody else can pull it off.
Plenty of karate fighters have tried to get themselves into MMA and they've made runs at UFC and it hasn't always worked out well. Stephen is practicing a discipline he's managed to transition into an effective MMA style that can hang with good wrestlers and the best strikers as well as jiu jitsu guys and whatever else is thrown his way.
For now, the great Joe Frazier is the greatest fighter ever out of our fine Palmetto state. In a few more years, it may be the Wonderboy. With 63 wins in 63 fights, he's on his way to championships and accolades like those Frazier enjoyed when he was fighting Ali back in his day.