Stephen Thompson is an American welterweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He has a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Machado as well as black belts in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo Karate and kickboxing. He was a sixteen time amateur kickboxing champion witha record of 37-0 and a 20-0 professional kickboxer. Thompson is also the head instructor for the kid's program at Upstate Karate in his hometown of Simpsonville, South Carolina which is also where he trains. He holds notable wins over Nah-Shon Burrell and Chris Clements. Of his nine professional MMA wins, six have been finishes including five T/KOs. He has won the UFC "Knockout of the Night" and the "Performance of the Night" bonuses one time each.