Stephen Thompson says UFC discussing South Carolina debut, and he wants Robbie Lawler in headliner

Stephen Thompson says UFC discussing South Carolina debut, and he wants Robbie Lawler in headliner

Stephen Thompson hopes to cash in on Dana White’s word with a main-event opportunity in his home state.

Following Thompson’s loss to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 in May, the UFC president said the company would “do everything we can to give (Thompson) what he wants” going forward after he accepted the bout against a significantly overweight Till.

Thompson said he suggested the UFC bring an event to his home state of South Carolina, where the promotion has never hosted a fight card. The 35-year-old said White was receptive to the idea, and it could take place in Greenville.

“We took him up on (his offer),” Thompson told MMAjunkie. “We chatted back and forth, and I think that’s something they’re definitely excited about and looking forward to. Hopefully we can get something going by the end of the year. If not that, the beginning of next year.”

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