STEPHEN THOMPSON broke both of his hands as he bounced back from two defeats to beat Vicente Luque at UFC 244.
Wonderboy, 36, utilised his karate and kickboxing expertise to gain the upper hand against his opponent and claim the unanimous decision victory.
He discussed his win at Madison Square Garden during an episode of The Ariel Helwani show.
Thompson said: “Feeling good man, just a little broken up, a little bruised up but feeling alright man.
“Especially coming home with the W[win], always puts a smile on my face.”
Luque proved he was a tough opponent by absorbing some heavy hits and still pushing forward against the karate king.
However, Wonderboy fought better than ever and delivered flawless striking combinations and kicks against The Silent Assasin.
Whilst showcasing his punching power to take home the win, Thompson was secretly battling two hand injuries.
He told Helwani: “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve broken both my hands. Broke this knuckle here on Vincente’s head and my front knuckle here, got the professional club hands going on.
“But yeah man, he’s tough, I remember going out of the second round and letting my coaches know that my hands are definitely broken.
“Third round, I threw them anyway. I wanted to go out there, put on a good show for the fans and come home with that W and try and put him away, so I had to let those hands fly!”
This isn’t the first time the 36-year old has been hindered by broken bones during a fight.
In fact, Thompson faced the UFC 244 main event and ‘BMF’ winner, Jorge Masvidal in 2017 with injured hands.
Wonderboy claimed the unanimous decision victory against the formidable ‘BMF’ striker, despite having broken both thumbs at the beginning of their fight two years ago.
He said:“Actually the fight against Masvidal, I ended up breaking both my thumbs in the first round and I had to finish both the second and third round with broken thumbs, but that’s the only [other] time.
“Me being an old school karate guy, we do a lot of hand conditioning. So, [it’s the] first time I’ve actually broken my hands.
“[It] goes to show how tough Vincente Luque is and how he’s got a skull of granite for sure.”
Wonderboy’s injury troubles made his unanimous decision win even more impressive.
The welterweight battle also earned both fighters the UFC’s fight of the night bonus of $50,000 each.
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Before Thompson can enjoy his handsome paycheck, he plans on getting his hands sorted as soon as possible.
“That’s the plan. We talked to the UFC doctors and we’ve got to get x-rays on my hands [and] I think my left-leg.
“See where we go from there, hopefully, I won’t have to have surgery. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.”