Stephen Thompson reveals he projectile vomited in front of the entire UFC roster shortly after making weight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas prior to his welterweight bout against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.
‘Wonderboy’ described the embarrassing situation in a YouTube video he uploaded on Monday, blaming his post-weigh-in protein shake for the vomiting.
“While you’re there, we have food and I’ve got like five shakes that I have to drink, along with some water,” Thompson said in the video (h/t MMA Fighting). “Now I’m depleted of pretty much everything at this point, and these shakes have a ton of sodium, sugars, vitamins, minerals, potassium — it’s got everything you can think of in a shake, so it’s rough on the body if you chug it, right?”
“I’m sitting there with my dad with a bunch of fighters around me and people are coming over to try and talk to me, and I already drank my first drink along with like two water bottles,” Thompson continued. “And then I started getting — something started to happen to me.”
“Dad runs over there and pushes some UFC fighters away to try and get this thing to me — and he doesn’t get it to me,” he continued. “I projectile vomit everywhere. In front of the entire UFC roster. In front of everybody.
“And what was crazy before that, all these undercard fighters were coming up to get pictures with me. … Max ‘Pain’ (Griffin), super cool guy, I had just signed a card. He gave me one of my ‘Wonderboy’ cards, ‘Man, can you sign this for me?’ I signed it for him, he’s super cool, he’s such a nice guy, I love that guy. And as soon as he literally sat down, like right behind me…[Thompson makes an explosive vomit sound].
“It was like, you know when you see babies throw up? They’re just like [throws up] then they’re like [blank faced], and nothing happened? That was me.”
Thompson said Burns, who beat the former via unanimous decision, fortunately wasn’t there to see the incident.
“I just look up and I was like, ‘Well…that was embarrassing,’” he said.
“Everyone was like, ‘Oh, welcome to the club, man.’ I guess that’s happened to a lot of people. I guess because when you drink it too fast, you just projectile vomit. That’s its thing.
“I was kind of like, ‘Oh man, where’s Gilbert? I hope he didn’t see that,’” Thompson added with a laugh. “He was doing ESPN stuff, thank goodness.”
Thompson is 2-3 in his last five fights and is currently #4 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Prior to his loss to ‘Durinho’, he beat Vincente Luque and Geoff Neal in back-to-back fights.