Injury forces Mike Stumpf off card
Stepping up in his place is an unbeaten welterweight from South Carolina known as the “Wonderboy.” The UFC confirmed Stephen Thompson (5-0) has gotten the call to make his UFC debut against Edwards (7-2, 1-2 UFC) on the Super Bowl weekend card next month. The fight will be part of the pay-per-view event’s preliminary card.
Thompson’s pro career started in 2010, and he earned three stoppages right out of the gate with a pair of knockouts and a submission victory. He fought twice last year, with both fights going the distance on regional shows.
Edwards is looking to rebound after a loss to John Maguire at UFC 138 in November. Edwards took the fight on short notice and lost a lopsided 30-27 unanimous decision sweep. After starting his career 6-0, including a 30-second win over TUF 1 veteran Josh Rafferty in his pro debut and a win for Bellator in his second fight, Edwards got a spot on Season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” He lost his only fight in the house, but got a spot on the TUF 13 Finale against Clay Harvison, which he lost by split decision. Edwards picked up his lone UFC win in September against the Wanderlei Silva-trained Jorge Lopez.
UFC 143 takes place Feb. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card features a main event interim welterweight title fight between Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz with champ Georges St-Pierre on the shelf for much of 2012 following surgery on his ACL. Also on the card, Josh Koscheck fights Mike Pierce and Fabricio Werdum, a Pride and Strikeforce veteran, rejoins the UFC to face TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson.