Thompson’s kickboxing background has provided him with a striking skill-set few Mixed Martial Artists can lay claim to. It hasn’t necessarily transitioned into the sport seamlessly, but Thompson’s ability to deliver blows from a variety of angles makes for a dangerous weapon. Just ask Dan Stittgen, who Thompson laid out with a beautiful head kick, if you need evidence of such. Of course, UFC 165 foe Chris Clements knows how to bang too, making for what should be an excellent effort this weekend in Toronto.
All UFC events are bound to feature at least one scrapper associated specifically with stand-up based on his/her ability being technically sound, unique, powerful, or some combination of the three. However, when it comes to UFC 165 there are a plethora of pugilists who’s striking has been an important component of consistently coming away from fights with a victory in tow. They aren’t all at the top of the card, but at least one is… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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