Red Carpet Roll Out

Hometown MMA Fighter Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson

Stacie Bartro
November 08, 2019 - 9:57 am

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What happens when a hometown "Wonderboy" clinches a big win at Madison Square Garden?  Well, we roll out the red carpet for him!

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, a Simpsonville Native,  defeated Vicente Luque at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 244 in New York City this past Saturday by unanimous decision.

A huge win for Thompson as that catapults his standing and could get him into the Welterweight Championship run.

This Sunday Thompson's win will be celebrated with a Red Carpet Event at Hendricks Pavilion at City Park from 2 to 5:30pm. 

Everyone is invited.

There will be food, music and drink and certainly Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson himself.

Hendricks Pavilion  118 NE Main St   Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681

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© Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

© Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

© Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports


Official Press Release from City of Simpsonville Community Relations Specialist, Justin Campbell:

UFC fighter, Simpsonville resident Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson to be honored

Simpsonville, S.C. — The public is invited to A ‘Wonderboy’ Red Carpet Event in recognition of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter and hometown hero Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson’s (18-6-1) recent UFC welterweight win at Madison Square Garden.

Sponsored by Jordan May RE/MAX Results, A ‘Wonderboy’ Red Carpet Event will take place at Hendricks Pavilion at City Park on Nov. 10th at 2-5:30 p.m.

Featured at the event will be music, food and drink and of course Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson himself.

Thompson, 36, of Team Upstate Karate, defeated Vicente Luque by a unanimous decision at UFC 244 in New York City on Saturday, a bounce back from a surprise loss in March.

The win improves Thompson’s UFC standing and sets him up for a possible Welterweight Championship run.

Megan Carroll, Thompson’s sister, said the importance of Saturday’s win to Thompson was in showing his students at Upstate Karate not to give up.

“You’re not always going to win, but you have to persevere, and you have to be grateful and thankful in both wins and losses,” Carroll said. “You keep working hard, and you don’t quit. Win humbly and with humility, and lose graciously.”

Mayor Janice Curtis said Thompson, a Simpsonville resident and native, is a true “hometown hero” and a great ambassador around the world for the City of Simpsonville.

“Stephen is beloved by the Simpsonville community, and we want to show Stephen how proud the City is of not only his success as a UFC fighter but more importantly his character as a kind, intelligent, humble and all-around great man,” Curtis said. “Stephen is known just as much for being a wonderful person outside the ring as he is for being a ‘Wonderboy’ inside the ring.”

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, 36, is a Simpsonville native and resident who is the head instructor for the kid’s program at Ray Thompson’s Upstate Karate in Simpsonville.

Featured in Martial Arts Digest Magazine, Fighter Magazine, MMA Authority Magazine and the EA Sports UFC 3 video game, Thompson has been studying the martial arts since age 3 and holds Black Belt ranks in Kempo Karate, Ju-Jitsu and Kickboxing.

Thompson’s philosophy is to respect others, and they will respect you; be aggressive towards others, and they will return in kind; nothing in life is free—not money, skills or friends, which must be earned.

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