Stephen Thompson needed some stitches following his ‘Fight of the Year’ contender with Kevin Holland at UFC Orlando this past Saturday.
Thompson won by fourth-round TKO after Holland and his corner waved off the fight because of a broken right hand. The ‘Trailblazer’ said in his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier that the damage was done early in the first round, where he nearly earned a finish over ‘Wonderboy’.
Though unable to get a finish, Holland was able to leave some reminders of his handiwork, as evidenced by the two gruesome cuts on Thompson’s face. The 39-year-old required stitches, and the entire procedure was filmed by his brother-in-law and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
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*GRAPHIC CONTENT* @trailblaze2top might have hindered my modeling career but man that fight was every bit worth it! Thank you my friend! S/O @chrisweidman for asking for that IG worthy cut spread #UFCOrlando #DogFight #HowsMyFace pic.twitter.com/tmVYaOXaQb
— Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) December 5, 2022
“[Kevin Holland] might have hindered my modeling career, but man that fight was every bit worth it!,” wrote Thompson on social media. “Thank you my friend! Shoutout to [Chris Weidman] for asking for that IG worthy cut spread.”
Who knew Weidman was a gorehound!? That cut spread was everything.
As for other injuries, Thompson revealed on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he has a broken left hand.
“It’s broken,” said Thompson. “I get an MRI tomorrow. We both — Kevin broke his right hand and I broke my left hand in the fight.
“People are telling me they thought I broke it in the first or second round because I hit him with a left hand and I shake my left hand out,” continued Thompson. “But I didn’t feel it until after I took the gloves off, to be honest with you. As soon as I took the gloves off, I was like, ‘Okay, something’s not right. I’ve felt this pain before.’ I looked down at my hand and it started to swell immediately, so I was like, ‘It’s got to be broken.’”
With this win, Thompson returns to the win column after losing two straight to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad.
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