Stephen Thompson claims Conor McGregor is too small for the welterweight division

UFC 205: Press Conference

Since dethroning Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 with relative ease, there’s been a lot of discussion about Conor McGregor jumping up in weight yet again, this time to take on current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.

Woodley and McGregor had two altercations before the event in Madison Square Garden, and despite The Chosen One being open to a bout, his opponent on the night doesn’t think it's a very good idea.


Stephen Thompson showcased his resiliency in his incredible comeback against Woodley, suffering a loss before it was changed to a draw during the confusion of the scorecards.


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A rematch has been touted between the pair, but with rumours continuing to circulate regarding the Irishman’s chances at welterweight, Wonderboy thinks Notorious would become unstuck if he moved up.

Speaking to Submission Radio, he said: “I think the UFC knows that I deserve that title shot and I deserve that rematch.

“I think that Conor McGregor’s got to defend the 145lbs and the 155lbs title and I just think he’s too small for the 170lbs division.

“He’s walking around right at 170lbs, maybe a little less. I don’t think it would be a good division for him to step up to.

“I was walking around at 182lbs about two weeks before the fight.

"When I stepped in the Octagon, I was weighing about 178lbs, which is way too light, especially when you’re fighting somebody like Tyron Woodley who’s probably stepping back in there at about 195lbs or 200lbs.”


Thompson isn’t the first fighter to say this, many stars in the organisation believe that fighting a genuine welterweight could prove too big of a task.

Although, the same was said when he was taking on Jose Aldo and even Alvarez.

Even though Thompson believes he’s next in line for a title shot, he’s praised McGregor for the way he’s gone about creating a buzz regarding a possible third world title.

He added: “I think it’s very smart, very intelligent of him.

“He’s already out there talking trash to Tyron and doing his thing, doing what Conor McGregor does.

“Just think about it, a few years ago he was living in his car, he had no money. Now he’s a multi-millionaire. Hats off to the guy, I’m happy for that guy.”

While Thompson may be happy for him now, it could be an entirely different story if he leapfrogs him for a clash against Woodley.

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