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month, the Premier Fighting Challenge (PFC) put on its fourth amateur MMA
event. In addition to bringing in amateur fighters from all over the area to
compete, PFC promoters Chris Taylor and Channing Wimmer had Josh “Taz” Ferguson,
an alum of The Ultimate Fighter, there to check out the fights. Ferguson took time out of his busy schedule
to sit down with me as we talk about where he came from, his time on Ultimate
Fighter, and how he found his way down here to this little town in Virginia.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The PFC made its
return to MMA on May 19 in Tazewell after more than a year's absence.
MMA-Insider Contributor Randy Stamey was on hand. Here are his thoughts on the fights
as they happened, plus comments from several of the competitors.
PHOTO: (From left) Nate Marquardt, Randy Stamey and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, S.C.
(Photo courtesy of Randy Stamey)
By Randy Stamey
In case you haven’t heard,
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is one of the newest members of the UFC roster. He made his debut at UFC 143 against Dan
Stittgen, and walked away with Knockout of the Night thanks to a devastating
head kick, leaving little doubt in peoples’ mind if this guy was for real. Next, “Wonderboy” is taking on an opponent
that is very outspoken about this fight.
I will take a closer look at his fight, his training, and how he has
ties to the Tri-Cities.
started off with a drive down to Upstate Karate, in downtown Simpsonville, S.C.. The window is filled with Stephen’s
accomplishments, and it’s hard to see hardly anything else. When I walked into the doors the gym opens up
into a massive training facility with a kickboxing ring, a cage, a weight room,
and wrestling mats, just to name a few. I
walked to the cage to see Thompson sparing with UFC veteran Nate Marquardt, who
has been cross training with Thompson for the past week. Thompson’s stand up looked sharp, and you
could tell he is ready for this fight with Matt Brown, formerly of The Ultimate
Fighter. Brown has been very outspoken
about this fight stating that Thompson’s standup is “overrated”, and “I could
go 100-0 if I fought idiots.”
I asked Stephen about those comments. His
“I don’t let that get to me too much; I just let that give
me fuel for training,” Thompson said. “He said he wanted to keep it standing,
but I think he’s luring me to a false sense of security, and going to try to
take me down, but where ever the fight may go I’m ready.”
has been training in the art of Kempo since he was three years old, and
accumulated a 56-0 record as world champion kick boxer, but that is not to be
out done by his Jiu Jitsu. He studies
under Prof. Carlos Machado, and has been doing so on and off throughout the
“I started at the age of 12 to just focus on just my
striking because kickboxing was fairly big at the time,” Thompson said. It wasn’t until a few a years ago I made the
switch to MMA and started getting my wrestling and jiu jitsu better and better
On top of that, not only does he train six days a week, he
also teaches what he has learned to the kids at his school. I asked him how much he actually is able to
still teach now that he is fighting in the UFC.
“There was about a week and half that I wasn’t here, but
most of the time I’m here at the gym,” he said. “This is what I love to do. I
love learning and teaching to the kids because I know what it gives them. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid and I
know it’s more about kicking and punching; it’s a good way of life.”
though Thompson’s hometown is Simpsonville, SC he does have ties to the
Tri-Cities. Chris Massie, owner of
Bristol’s Mountain Empire Kempo Karate/MMA/Jiu-Jitsu, has studied under Ray
Thompson, the UFC fighter’s father and trainer.
“My dad and Chris Massie have known each other for many
years,” the younger Thompson said. “They are students and instructors under
Tommy Seigler, who is head of the American Kempo Association. Mr. Massie and Mr. Seigler have been like
another father and coach to me, so that’s how me and him met.”
All in all, this day was a dream come true for me as I met
one of my favorite fighters, and get to see how he prepares for his upcoming
fight in April.
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