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.The 31-year-old South Carolina native went 57-0 as a kickboxer, winning numerous titles. As a mixed martial artist, he has won nine of 10 fights.Thompson looks for MMA win No. 10 as he takes on Montreal welterweight Patrick (The Predator) Cote at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.Youll see some fireworks, Thompson predicted.A loss via decision to Matt (The Immortal) Brown at UFC 145 in April 2012 is the lone blemish on his record.Thompson (9-1) knocked out Dan Stittgen in his UFC debut 2 1/2 months earlier at UFC 143. Two days after the win, he got a call offering the Brown fight. He said yes, hiring a new strength and conditioning coach.Perhaps as a result, he bulked up to 209 pounds. That was heavy for Thomspon, who suffered through the weight cut to 170 pounds.Matt Brown did exactly what he said he was going to do, Thompson said with a laugh. He kicked my butt. But it was a war. I would love to do it again. Matt Browns a good dude and a great fighter. Hes made it up to the top and man, hes a monster.A knee injury sidelined Thompson for the next year. He has not lost since, beating Nah-Shon Burrell, Canadian Chris Clements (in Toronto), and Robert Whittaker. The knee problems started eight years ago during a fight against Raymond Daniels in Chuck Norris World Combat League. He tore every ligament in his left leg, had 40 per cent of his meniscus removed and underwent three surgeries.Doctors told him he would never fight again.It was rough, he said. Not just physically but mentally.In all he sat out three years, during which time he started leaning towards switching to MMA. His striking skills had already won him invitations to train with some of the best.At the time I was training with guys like Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt. During this injury I had some time to kind of think about where I wanted to go with my fight career.Years later his knee rehab is still a daily affair but he says it feels good. And it hasnt seemed to affect his kicking arsenal or the corkscrew-somersault move that he celebrates wins with, although he says he had more celebratory moves before the injury.In the days leading up to this bout, Thompson managed to combine his training camp with teaching classes at the family gym, Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, S.C. The gym was opened 31 years ago by Ray Thompson, Stephens father. Stephen and his two brothers and two sisters all started their martial arts journey at the age of three.Now they run the business with almost 650 students. And Stephen fights.Stephen began with kempo karate. At 12, he put his jiu-jitsu and wrestling on hold to focus on kickboxing with his first amateur bout at 15.Today he is a fifth-degree black belt in kempo karate, a discipline that is a key part of his mixed martial arts attack.Thompson changes stances, darts in and out, and has a dizzying array of kicks. He is not easy to prepare for — or face.Thompson has ties to Montreal, having helped former UFC champion St-Pierre prepare for several fights.I love Montreal, Thompson said. I love the people, I love the history.Thompson sparred briefly with Cote (21-8) in 2008 before switching his focus to MMA.Its an honour to fight somebody like him, said Thompson, noting Cotes extensive resume. Hes gone three rounds with (former middleweight champion) Anderson Silva. Hes fought Tito Ortiz. Hes fought some of the greats in the UFC.Like Cote, Thompson has added to his arsenal. While known as strikers, both men have taken down opponents in recent bouts.But Thompson knows his bread and butter.Striking is what I do. Everybody wants to see somebody get knocked out, he said. Im sorry but its the fight game and thats what they want to see.Thompson has trained with Chris Weidman several times and the UFC middleweight champion returned the favour for the Cote camp.Thats just the kind of guy he is, said Thompson. Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Joe Hart England Jersey
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. -- John Senden never imagined it would take more than seven years to win again.The New Jersey Devils finally gave Cory Schneider a break against one of the top-scoring teams in the league, and it didnt end particularly well. Coach Peter DeBoers No. 1 goaltender will be back in net tonight when New Jersey completes a four-game Canadian road trip against Schneiders former team, the Vancouver Canucks, who have also been among the NHLs best offensive clubs. Catch all the action on TSN Radio 1040 starting at 5pm pt. The Canucks offense continued to produce with Sundays 4-1 home win over Chicago. Theyre second among West teams with 3.00 goals per game, up from last seasons 2.33 mark that ranked last in the conference. We do all the little things you have to do to be successful, left wing Daniel Sedin told the teams official website. Everyone is buying in. Its a lot of fun when you can do that. No one feels the pressure to score each and every game, but everyone knows they can do it. Schneider ceded starting responsibility to Scott Clemmensen for the first time this season Saturday, and the Devils (9-9-3) suffered a 5-4 shootout loss to Calgary - the only West team scoring more than Vancouver. New Jersey is 3-6-1 with 2.00 goals per game over the last three weeks after averaging 2.91 during a 6-3-2 start, but the latest loss had more to do with being unable to hold a series of two-goal leads. The Devils led 2-0 after the first period, 3-1 after the second and 4-2 midway through the third but surrendered two goals in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Its disappointing, DeBoer told the teams official Twitter feed. Thats a game we shouldve won. I thought we had a dozen chances to extend the lead. Schneider has been quite strong lately with a 1.41 goals-against average and two shutouts over a 3-2-0 stretch. This would be his third matchup with Vancouver, where he spent his first five seasons, after suffering losses in overtime and a shootout in October 2013 with a 2.36 GAA. Those games extended the Canucks current winning streak in the series to five, on which theyve allowed just seven goals. Vancouver (14-6-1) was in line with that kind of defensive effort against the Blackhawks, while Jannik Hansen had the firsst three-goal game of his career. Phil Jones England Jersey
. Hansen has scored in three straight games, and his eight goals overall put him halfway to his top single-season total. We strive this year to make it a four-line team, Hansen said. Its not a matter of one, two, three, four. Everyone knows (Daniel and Henrik Sedin) are going to get their matchup every night. After that its up to the nine other guys to supply the secondary scoring. As long as we can do that weve got a chance to win games. Newcomer Radim Vrbata also scored and has four goals in three games while playing with the Sedins. Vrbata leads the team with 10 goals and has 13 points in his last 10 games against New Jersey. Fellow newcomer Ryan Miller hasnt been quite as effective with a 2.63 GAA, though he has a league-best 13-3-0 record among No. 1 goaltenders thanks greatly to Vancouvers consistent scoring. Hes been considerably better in his last 11 matchups against New Jersey, going 7-2-2 with a 1.54 GAA. Neither goalie will be facing a particularly effective power play. Vancouver is in a 2-for-20 slump, and New Jersey is 3 for 27 in its last 10. The Devils penalty kill, however, has thrived with a 25-for-26 mark over their past six. Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (lower-body injury) sat out Sunday, while forward Alexandre Burrows (upper body) returns tonight. Canucks Projected Lines Forwards Daniel-Henrik-Vrbata Higgins-Bonino-Burrows Matthias-Richardson-Kassian Dorsett-Horvat-Hansen Defence Edler-Tanev Sbisa-Bieksa Stanton-Weber Goaltender Miller Lack Scratched: Vey, Corrado Injured: Burrows, Hanhuis (knee), Sestito (groin) Game Notes: VAN was 2-0-0 vs NJ last season, winning both past regulation VAN has won 5 straight vs NJ Vancouver: 4-2-1 past 7 games, 2/20 on PP 1-1-1 past 3 home games, 0/6 on PP 0/8 on PP last 4 home games Hansen (5G) has scored in 3 straight games New Jersey: 1-1-1 on road trip, 2/6 on PP 2-5-1 past 8 road games, 4GA or more in 5 of the games 25/26 on PK last 6 games (3-2-1) Henrique (2G, 1A) past 2 games Schneider 0-0-1 in VAN since being traded, 2.89GAA, .906sv% Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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