Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Stephen Thompson following UFC on ESPN+ 6 loss?

(Also see: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Anthony Pettis?)

Stephen Thompson is on the first two-fight losing streak of his career after experiencing his first career knockout at the hands of Anthony Pettis on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 6.

After a stretch of close decision losses that included a pair of title-fight shortcomings, Thompson (14-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) looked on his way to getting back on track as he got the better of Pettis (22-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC) on the feet. Then, out of nowhere, he got caught, dropped and stopped with a highlight-reel shot from “Showtime,” marking the first time in his MMA career that he’s been finished.

“Wonderboy” was in good spirits after the shocking outcome at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., but now he finds himself in a precarious situation.

What does that mean for Thompson? Watch the video above for thoughts and analysis on his future.

For complete coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 6, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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