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“Wonderboy” speaks out after UFC 296 loss: “I didn’t follow the plan”



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Two-time UFC title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson had a rough night at FUC 296, losing via second round submission to rising star Shavkat Rakhmonov in a one-sided fight. Now the welterweight veteran ha spoken out on the loss.

The first round was uneventful, with Rakhmonov holding “Wonderboy” against the cage while struggling to secure the takedown. Things picked up in the second round with some striking exchanges before Thompson was taken down and promptly submitted – the first submission loss of his career.

Thompson opened up about the loss, explaining that he didn’t properly follow the game plan.

“I appreciate all of your support after the fight this past Saturday,” Thompson said on his YouTube channel. “It obviously didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, and that’s why you should always follow the plan, guys. I didn’t follow the plan. That’s my fault.

“Anyway, I love you guys, and I’ll be back stronger and better than ever. I have some things to work on and get this foot healed up, and we’ll get after it again.”

Aside from the loss, “Wonderboy” also revealed that he believes he broke his foot during the fight.

“That’s what happens when you don’t follow the game plan: You get submitted in the second round,” Thompson said. “I actually came out of the fight pretty much unscathed, other than the fact that I think I broke my foot in a body kick right to the elbow. Don’t kick your opponent to the elbow because that sucks.”

Thompson now falls to a 1-3 record in his last four fights, with the lone victory coming by way of TKO over Kevin Holland.

Rakhmonov, on the other hand, remains undefeated with a perfect 18-0 record with every win coming via finish.

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