Stephen Thompson is the latest fighter asked to make his pick between Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul ahead of their boxing match. Thompson has fought Woodley two times in the past.
The boxing match came together at the last minute as Tyron Woodley stepped up to replace the injured Tommy Fury. Jake Paul was appreciative of Woodley for stepping up. Even gifting him a Rolex ahead of their rematch.
Stephen Thompson has gotten mixed results against Tyron Woodley. The first fight ended in a draw, back in 2016. The second fight was a loss that many criticized because of how little action there was.
The Karate-style fighter is going with the more experienced of the two men. He thinks Tyron Woodley can get it done in the boxing match.
“I think so. He’s got to,” Thompson stated on The MMA Hour. “I think Tyron gets it.”
He isn't getting into boxing himself but Thompson does have a fight against Belal Muhammad coming up. He hasn't forgotten about Tyron Woodley though, he still wants to rematch him amongst others.
“Obviously the Matt Brown fight, that one stuck with me for a while,” Thompson said. “I wanted that fight back so bad because I knew I was better than that. [Also] another shot at Tyron if he was still here [in the UFC]. It doesn’t eat at me, it’s just there. I know that I can beat these guys. And of course, the Anthony Pettis fight.”
The Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley boxing match takes place on Saturday. Both men will be looking to make a big statement and book another big fight after.