It’s rare that an individual can go his entire life without ever having to experience the feelings of defeat.

That is however unless your name is Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

At first glance, Thompson’s undefeated mixed martial arts record of can be deceiving, as he’s participated in just five bouts. However, it’s Thompson’s 57-0 professional kickboxing record that has caused many heads to turn in every direction.

Behind the undefeated record and five world championships, Thompson has endured his fair share of struggles as he suffered an ACL tear nearly six years ago that caused him to re-evaluate his entire career.

Two surgeries later and three years down the road, the “Wonderboy” was back. In an uphill climb, Thompson returned to the sport of kickboxing and continued to knock off opponent by opponent.

After defeating every competitor that came his way, Thompson decided it was time to make the transition to the world of mixed martial arts. Finally, after winning his first five fights, Thompson got the call that every martial artist dreams about.

Thompson received word that he would be be squaring off with Dan Stittgen in a preliminary bout at UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Despite appearing in just five official mixed martial arts bouts, Thompson will enter the Octagon on Feb. 4 as one of the most experienced athletes in the UFC today.

After being around the sport for the better part of 25 years, Thompson has escalated into a legitimate welterweight threat. He will be taking on a Stittgen, who’s yet to prove he can hang with the upper-echelon of the 170-pound weight division.

If the chips fall in place, it’s likely Stittgen will attempt to put Thompson on his back and find his way to a submission victory as Thompson’s stand-up is second to none. However, Thompson has proven he has the ingredients and skill-set to defend himself from the ground as he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

If Stittgen wants the chance of breaking Thompson’s 62-fight winning streak, he’ll need to do something that no man has yet to accomplish.

Fans and viewers can expect Thompson to reign supreme and establish himself as a serious contender in the welterweight division moving forward.

Photo: Stephen Thompson (LowKick)

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