Stephen Thompson Doesn’t Require Surgery Following UFC 244

Stephen Thompson

There’s good news for “Wonderboy” fans as Stephen Thompson won’t require surgery following his last outing.

Thompson returned to winning ways with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Vicente Luque on the main card of UFC 244 earlier this month.

However, it came at a cost as he revealed afterward that he had broken not one but both of his hands during the fight. While one would assume “Wonderboy” would require surgery, that is not the case as he expects to recover in six to eight weeks.

“Hands are doing OK,” Thompson wrote in a text message to MMA Fighting. “Still hurting. but they’ll be all right.”

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It’s not the first time the South Carolina native has suffered damage to his hands. Against Jorge Masvidal in 2017, he broke both of his thumbs during the fight. Like he did against Luque, though, Thompson managed to get the win on that occasion.

An early 2020 return looks to be on the cards as Thompson very much remains a top contender in the welterweight picture. The former two-time title challenger is currently ranked No. 8 in the UFC rankings.

He will no doubt want a higher-ranked opponent upon his return.

Who do you want to see Thompson face next?