Nick Thompson Fan Page – Champion MMA Fighter

I watched my first live MMA fight in August 2006. Bodog Fight organized the event in San Jose, Costa Rica. I went in thinking the MMA wasn’t for me.

Then Nick “The Goat” Thompson took the ring about midway through the card. He battled Davion Peterson for 3 rounds, finally winning by a rear-naked choke submission. Before that moment, I lacked an appreciation for the training, endurance and power required to be a winning fighter. Almost instantly, I became an MMA fan.

Thompson was already a MMA stud. His winning ways were a matter of record. He arrived at Bodog Fight night in August 2006 on a vicious tear, having lost once to Karo Parisyan in the previous year at UFC 59. He went on to become Bodog Fight’s welterweight champion on April 14, 2007. Later in his career, he signed with Strikeforce. Thompson fought through 2011, amassing an impressive 38-14 professional record, 10 KO/TKO, 22 submissions and 6 decisions.

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Chapters

  1. Bio
  2. Organizations/Leagues
  3. Nickname
  4. Retirement
  5. Highlight Videos
  6. Photos
  7. Career Record/Results
  8. Personal

Nick Thompson Bio

Height: 6’1″
Weight: 170 lbs.

Nicholas Delton Thompson was born June 23, 1981 in Virginia. He was raised in Minnesota, citing his hometown as Minneapolis. As a youth he enjoyed wrestling, rising to the top of Minnesota’s high school rankings by his senior year. He continued wrestling for 2 years at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Chance led Thompson to the MMA. One night in college he watched a friend compete locally. He thought his wrestling abilities would serve him well in the sport. Thompson began training under Dave Strasser and Ron Faircloth.

2 weeks later he had his first fight. He struggled, losing his first 3 fights. He quickly turned things around, tallying a 17-8 middleweight record upon graduation. This perseverance was a sign of greater things to come.

Thompson went on to complete a law degree at the University of Minnesota. While in school he trained at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. He began to fight at welterweight, recording an impressive 20-1 record. During this period he became the Bodog Welterweight Champion in 2007. He also fought in the UFC.

Thompson finished law school in 2008 and continued fighting through 2011. He retired from MMA to become a successful lawyer. He’s been admitted to the bar in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia. Thompson currently pratices at the Moody Law Firm in Portsmouth, Virginia.

MMA Organizations & Leagues

Nick Thompson fought in multiple MMA organizations and leagues throughout his career. Thompson’s debut fight follows each affiliation.

  1. UFC – November 19, 2005 vs Keith Wisniewski as a Welterweight (Won – Decisions)
  2. Bodog Fight – August 22, 2006 vs Davion Peterson (Won – Submission)
  3. World Victory Road – March 5, 2008 vs Fabricio Monteiro (Won – Decisions)
  4. Elite XC – July 26, 2008 vs Jake Shields (Lost – Submission)
  5. Strikeforce – June 19, 2019 vs Tim Kennedy (Lost – Submission)
  6. Shine Fights – May 15, 2010 vs Eduardo Pamplona (Scratched – Injury)

Nick Thompson’s “The Goat” Nickname

Unforunately, The “Goat” isn’t an acronym for “Greatest of All Time”, though Thompson’s welterweight record stands among the best in history.

It comes from the fainting goat phenomenon. Teammates assigned the moniker to Thompson because of his tendency to get easily knocked out early in his career. That all changed after substantial training, determination and experience.

Nick Thompson Retirement

Nick Thompson retired after his fight with Ben Askren on April 10, 2011 at Bellator 40. Askren controlled Thompson throughout the fight, eventually winning by unanimous decision.

Thompson posted the following statement at the UnderGround forum the next day, April 11, 2011. This statement is no longer live and was copied from the UnderGround archive.

I have fought many great fighters, even beating a few along the way. In all those fights, I have never felt as frustrated as I felt tonight. Ben Askren is truly a great wrestler/grappler and I look forward to seeing him develop in the sport. I have been a fan of Ben’s since I knew him in high school and am appreciative that Bellator provided me an opportunity for my last fight to be against a fighter for whom I have such tremendous respect.

I love this sport and all that it has given to me and it is with a mix of joy and sadness that I realize that I am no longer willing to pay the price necessary to compete at the level I expect from myself – the level of guys like Ben, Weedman and Heiron. I have reached a point where it is more important to me to spend time at home with my daughter and wife, who have been great about me competing, and focus on developing my law career at O’Flaherty Heim Egan & Birnbaum LTD, which has also been great about me competing. I am grateful for the many wonderful people who supported me and those I met in mixed martial arts, fans and fighters, and am hopeful that I can give something back to the sport I love by coaching and/or representing the next crop of mixed martial arts superstars.

Thank you!

Nick Thompson Video

Thompson defeats Alvarez, becomes Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion
April 14, 2007

Thompson defeates Peterson
August 22, 2006

Nick Thompson Photos

Nick Thompson Bodog Fight Welterweight Champion Nick Thompson MMA Photo Nick Thompson MMA Photo

Nick Thompson Retires April 11, 2011

Nick Thompson MMA Record

Nick Thompson MMA Record

Nick Thompson Career Record
FightsWinsLossesDraws
5338141

Nick Thompson Wins Method

Nick Thompson Win Method
WinsMethod
38KOs:10
Submissions: 22
Decisions: 6

Nick Thompson Losses Method

Nick Thompson Loss Method
LossesMethod
14KOs:7
Submissions: 6
Decisions: 1

Nick Thompson MMA Results

Nick Thompson Fight Results
ResultFighterEventMethodRoundTime
LossBen AskrenBFC - Bellator Fighting Championships 40
2011-04-09
Decision (Unanimous)35:00
LossTaisuke OkunoSRC - Sengoku Raiden Championship 14
2010-08-22
KO (Punch)30:27
LossDan HornbuckleSengoku - Tenth Battle
2009-09-23
TKO (Punches)21:30
LossTim KennedyStrikeforce - Challengers 2
2009-06-19
Submission (Punches)22:37
WinPaul DaleyMFC 20 - Destined For Greatness
2009-02-20
Decision (Unanimous)35:00
WinTravis McCulloughMT 18 - Madtown Throwdown 18
2009-01-17
Submission (Punches)12:38
LossJake ShieldsEliteXC - Unfinished Business
2008-07-26
Submission (Guillotine Choke)11:03
WinMichael CostaSengoku - Third Battle
2008-06-08
Submission (Kimura)24:13
WinFabricio MonteiroSengoku - First Battle
2008-03-05
Decision (Unanimous)35:00
WinJohn TroyerTuff-N-Uff - Thompson vs. Troyer
2008-02-01
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)13:46
WinMark WeirBodog Fight - Vancouver
2007-08-24
TKO (Punches)14:01
WinEddie AlvarezBodog Fight - Clash of the Nations
2007-04-14
TKO (Punches)24:32
WinDustin DenesBodog Fight - Costa Rica Combat
2007-02-18
TKO (Punches)11:27
WinAnsar ChalangovBodog Fight - USA vs. Russia
2006-12-02
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)14:59
WinJoe WinterfeldtTCT 3 - Twin Cities Throwdown 3
2006-10-21
TKO (Punches)1N/A
WinDavion PetersonBodog Fight - To the Brink of War
2006-08-22
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)3N/A
WinSteven BratlandXKK - St. Joseph
2006-07-15
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)1N/A
WinYancy CuellarXKK - St. Joseph
2006-07-15
TKO (Punches)1N/A
WinChris WilsonAFC 17 - Absolute Fighting Championships 17
2006-06-24
Submission (Kimura)22:08
LossKaro ParisyanUFC 59 - Reality Check
2006-04-15
TKO (Submission to Punches)14:44
WinAlex CarterEFX - Fury
2006-02-01
Submission (Triangle Choke)2N/A
WinAnthony WhiteMT 6 - Madtown Throwdown 6
2006-01-13
Submission (Punches)1N/A
WinKeith WisniewskiUFC 56 - Full Force
2005-11-19
Decision (Unanimous)35:00
WinJosh NeerEC 64 - Extreme Challenge 64
2005-10-15
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)22:19
WinDereck KeasleyFFC 16 - Freestyle Fighting Championship 16
2005-09-24
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)13:48
WinVictor MorenoFFC 16 - Freestyle Fighting Championship 16
2005-09-24
Submission (Guillotine Choke)20:52
WinChris ConnellyFFC 16 - Freestyle Fighting Championship 16
2005-09-24
Decision (Unanimous)25:00
WinBrian FitzsimmonsMT 4 - Madtown Throwdown 4
2005-07-09
KO (Punches)1M/A
LossEd HermanH2H - Hand 2 Hand Combat
2005-06-17
TKO (Injury)1N/A
LossYushin OkamiGCM - D.O.G. 2
2005-06-11
Submission (Elbow Injury)10:29
WinMarcel FerreiraAFC 12 - Absolute Fighting Championships 12
2005-04-30
TKO (Punches)32:48
WinJoey ClarkXKK - St. Paul
2005-04-23
Submission (Armbar)13:01
WinNuri ShakirCZ 10 - Ground War
2005-04-02
Submission (Triangle Choke)23:07
LossPaul PurcellFCC 18 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 18
2005-03-05
KO (Punches)2N/A
WinBrian GreenMT 2 - Madtown Throwdown 2
2005-02-19
TKO (Punches)1N/A
WinBrian GassawayCombat - Do Fighting Challenge 2
2005-02-05
Decision (Unanimous)33:00
WinJesse ChiltonFCC 17 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 17
2005-01-08
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)3N/A
WinDarren HinesXFO 4 - International
2004-12-03
Submission (Guillotine Choke)10:19
DrawDaryl GuthmillerXKK - Fridley
2004-11-05
Draw35:00
WinJohn RenkenFFC 12 - Freestyle Fighting Championships 12
2004-09-24
TKO (Punches)1N/A
WinSean HuffmanFFC 12 - Freestyle Fighting Championships 12
2004-09-24
Submission (Choke)2N/A
LossBrian EbersoleFFC 12 - Freestyle Fighting Championships 12
2004-09-24
TKO (Punches)1N/A
WinRicky SolisMT 1 - Madtown Throwdown 1
2004-08-21
Submission (Twister)1N/A
WinThiago Jambo GoncalvesFCC 15 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 15
2004-06-12
Submission (Punches)22:39
WinBrian MooreUB - Ultimate Battleground
2004-06-04
Submission (Guillotine Choke)10:28
WinJeff DoyleXKK - Mayhem in Marshfield
2004-05-15
TKO (Corner Stoppage)2N/A
LossMike QuinlanAFC 8 - Absolute Fighting Championships 8
2004-05-01
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)20:16
WinEmyr BussadeFCC 14 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 14
2004-03-06
Decision (Unanimous)25:00
WinKyle HelsperFCC 13 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 13
2004-01-10
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)22:16
LossDan HartFCC 12 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 12
2003-10-18
Submission (Guillotine Choke)10:17
LossDustin DenesAFC 5 - Absolute Fighting Championships 5
2003-09-05
Submission (Triangle Choke)11:45
WinKyle HelsperFCC 11 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 11
2003-06-28
Submission (Punches)1N/A
LossDan HartFCC 10 - Freestyle Combat Challenge 10
2003-03-22
KO (Punches)1N/A

Personal

Nick Thompson married his college girlfriend, Molly. Nick was dating Molly the night he saw his friend fight while at U Wisconsin, leading him to start his MMA training. As of 2009, they have one daughter.

He’s currently working as a lawyer at the Moody Law Firm in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Edits and Corrections: Please contact me immediately, I’m happy to update this page with proper source citations.

References


sherdog.com/organizations/BodogFIGHT-883
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strikeforce_(mixed_martial_arts)
ufc.com/event/ufc-59
thefullwiki.org/Nick_Thompson
web.archive.org/web/20101117021653/http://www.nickthompson.tv:80/bio
sbnation.com/mma/2011/4/11/2104907/nick-thompson-retires-from-mma-looking-back-on-my-first-interview
web.archive.org/web/20110412183229/http://www.mixedmartialarts.com:80/news/316917/Nick-Thompson-announces-retirement-on-the-UG/
sherdog.com/fighter/Nick-Thompson-7124