By Josh Reese
Oli Thompson (9-3) a former British strongman (1st place in 2006), now turned mixed martial artist will find himself in the Octagon this Saturday. Thompson will be taking another brit in Phil De Fries (8-1-1 NC) as part of the UFC on FOX 4 preliminary card that will be seen on Fuel TV. Thompson at 32 years old is still a baby in MMA world, as a former strongman most of his life he spent building strength and competing. After 2008 just making to the qualifying stage of the World’s Strongest Man, he was off to find a new way to focus his competitive spirit.
“I wanted a new challenge…my friends were into BJJ so early 2009 I decided to start some grappling and had my first pro fight a month later” Thompson said. One month of training paid off and from there we went 3-0 to start his new career. On January 30,2010 he took part of a one night Heavyweight tournament he won his 1st fight by KO in the 1st round, but then lost his following 2 fights that night to former UFC’er Joe Vedepo and current UFC’er Rob Broughton.
After his 1st 2 losses of his career he went on a 5 fight win streak, which 4 of the 5 were finishes. Before making the hop to the UFC, he had won the UCMMA Heavyweight Championship, and defended that belt once. He then got the call up to the big leagues he faced another newcomer in the form of Shawn Jordan and after a 2 round slugfest he lost via TKO.
The UFC, fans loved his fight with Jordan, but it still lingers in his mind “I am not over the loss to Shawn, bit I take it like a man and the better man won on the night” Thompson added. As Thompson and De Fries head in to this fight coming off their 1st loss in the organization, both man could be fighting to stay in the UFC.