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Stephen Thompson ‘Fired Up’ for Something Different Against Jorge Masvidal

UFC 217 is one of those cards where every single fight will be a battle for a spotlight.

The second fight on the television prelims features Ovince Saint Preux, if that gives you any indication of the scope we’re talking about. Not to be buried beneath the three title fights on the card,…

“THIS FIGHT HAS FIREWORKS WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. I’VE BEEN TRAINING FOR TYRON WOODLEY FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW AND THIS [FIGHT WITH JORGE MASVIDAL] GIVES ME SOMEBODY DIFFERENT TO BREAK DOWN, SOMEBODY DIFFERENT TO GET READY FOR. THE MEDIA OBLIGATIONS AREN’T THERE. WHEN I WAS FIGHTING TYRON, ESPECIALLY WITH IT BEING A TITLE FIGHT, IT WAS KIND OF CRAZY. WITH THIS, I CAN JUST SIT BACK AND FOCUS ON THE FIGHT, TRAIN, TRAIN WHEN I WANT TO TRAIN AND NOT HAVE TO GO ALL OVER THE PLACE TO DO THE MEDIA. IT’S NICE TO BE ABLE TO SIT BACK AND JUST THINK ABOUT THE FIGHT. I’M EXCITED, I’M ENERGIZED, I CAN RELAX A LITTLE BIT MORE. THE ENERGY LEVEL IS TRULY UP.”

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