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Wonderboy Wows Vegas with KO

Perennial welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger believed Stephen Thompson’s karate-based attack was all smoke and mirrors. Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, that smoke produced fire, as Thompson scored a spectacular first-round knockout victory, likely propelling South Carolina’s “Wonderboy” into the top 15 at 170 pounds.

“I put on a show and we definitely want to do it again,” Thompson said. “Give me that top ten.”

Stephen Thompson punches Jake Ellenberger in their welterweight bout during the Ultimate Fighter Finale inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC)Thompson used his range well as the first round began, firing off kicks and then nailing Ellenberger with a stiff left punch. A thudding right in the second minute dropped Thompson and evened the score, forcing “Wonderboy” into a clinch against the fence. After a brief spell there, the two broke, and while Ellenberger followed with a takedown, Thompson reversed position and took his opponent’s back. With under two minutes left, the two rose and Thompson landed several hard strikes before dropping Ellenberger with a picture perfect spinning kick to the head. Remarkably, Ellenberger survived the shot, but after getting to his feet, Thompson nailed him with the same kick. This time, there would be no comeback, with referee John McCarthy stopping the bout at 4:29 of the opening round.

“He was standing in front of me, not doing a whole lot of movement,” Thompson said. “I heard my head coach, Ray Thompson, my father, tell me to spin. So I spun. I knew I hit him on top of the head the first time. He told me to do it again because he was still dazed, and it landed.”

With the win, the 32-year-old Thompson improves to 11-1; Nebraska’s Ellenberger, 30, falls to 30-10.

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