MMA: UFC 178-Cote vs ThompsonStephen “Wonderboy” Thompson says it’s a new era for the UFC, and he’s excited about it.

According to the rising welterweight star, the promotion’s new anti-doping policy and the new ban on IV’s during weigh-ins is already having a positive impact, with more to come.

“I’m pretty excited about the whole new doping policy and this (IV ban) is part of it,” Thompson said in an interview on Talking Brawls MMA Podcast. “I think we are gearing towards an era where you aren’t going to have to cut as much weight, which, I think is amazing.”

The former full contact karate champion says some bad experiences with drastic weight cuts have led him to change the way he manages his weight.

“You’ve got guys like Johny Hendricks and Kelvin Gastelum who cut a tremendous amount of weight,” Thompson said, as transcribed by Neil McGrath of Talking Brawls MMA. “The IV is a very important part of their recovery. After my second fight against Matt Brown, I got up to about 210 lbs — and getting down to 170 lbs almost killed me. It was horrible. The IV did save me, but at the end of the first round, I was done, I didn’t have anything left.”

Thompson lost that bout against Brown, and began “walking around” closer to the 170 lb limit; and also re-hydrating orally rather than through an IV. He has since won five straight bouts, including a spectacular spin kick knockout of Jake Ellenberger in July.

Thompson says he hopes to return to action late this year, or early 2016.