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Stephen Thompson Plans To Increase Aggression Against Anthony Pettis

January 26, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Stephen Thompson said that he plans to increase his aggression when he fights Anthony Pettis at UFC on ESPN+ 6. Here are highlights:

On being more aggressive: “One of the things I’ve worked on is being a little more aggressive. Not overly aggressive when you see guys run out there and get knocked out, but stepping out there, letting them feel my presence the same way I did Johny Hendricks. That was a mindset I had when I stepped out there. I had a lot of respect for Johny Hendricks, but I didn’t care. I just went out there and did my own thing. Didn’t really care what he was going to do, which I think the last fights I really was (caring).”

On fighting a fellow striking expert: “I think out of everyone I’ve faced so far in the welterweight division, he is going to be the one most familiar with my style than any of them, because he’s a taekwondo specialist and you’ve seen him fight. His distance management is off the chart. He’s very good. He familiar with that style growing up in taekwondo. Do I think it’s going to be an easy fight? No, not at all. I’m going to be prepared for the best, for a five-round war with this guy. Even though he’s fought (at) 145, 155 (pounds) – like he said, a straight shot to the chin can take anyone out no matter how big you are. It feels different. Him and his coach, I think they took the fight because they think they have my number.”

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