This will come as somewhat of a surprise considering the ridiculous kickboxing record Thompson has amassed and the titles he’s won, but one of the biggest concerns anyone looking for him to succeed has to be the style of striking attack he used against Brown.
Standing flat-footed in a sidekick stance is absolutely not a recipe for success in MMA. It’s sometimes successful as a timing mechanism or to give an opponent a different look, but once Thompson got in deep against Brown, he started falling into old habits that he got away with in the ring.
Against a skilled wrestler with a good shot from outside, Thompson would be on his back in a hurry. In fact, it didn’t even seem to bother Brown to any great degree of concern.
It’s not about what Thompson can do, it’s about what he can do that works in MMA. He needs to get those kinks ironed out if he plans to be successful in his latest foray into combat sports.