On February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nev., Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (11-1) will face his toughest opponent yet in the main event, when he faces off against former welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (17-3). Thompson is currently riding a five-fight win streak, with knockouts over Jake Ellenberger and Chris Clements, along with a TKO victory over Robert Whitacker. Hendricks, on the other hand, is 2-2 in his last four fights and is looking to show the world that he still belongs at the top of the division.

This event was originally supposed to be UFC 196 featuring a heavyweight title fight between former champion Cain Velasquez and current champion Fabricio Werdum. However, Velasquez was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury and when it was announced that he had been replaced by Stipe Miocic, Werdum would also pull out of the fight due to injury, forcing the UFC to move “Wonderboy” and “Big Rigg” to the main event.

Leading into the fight with Hendricks, Thompson is taking time out of his training schedule to do a weekly blog with Press Box Insider on Mile High Sports Radio and TheMMACorner.com. In the second edition of Thompson’s weekly blog, Wonderboy sat down with Josh Davis of Press Box Insider and The MMA Corner to discuss the start of training camp, the holiday season and the financial stressors of funding your own training camp.

During this episode of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson’s UFC Fight Night 82 Weekly Blog, “Wonderboy” discusses his trip to Las Vegas, all of the different media requirements, his thoughts on his weight as well as Johny’s and what the rest of his fight week will look like. Thompson continues to walk through the upcoming weeks of his training camps and what he needs to do to get the victory against Johny Hendricks.

For the full interview with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson click here.

For the full episode of Press Box Insider click here.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.