For the first time in nearly two decades, the UFC is going back to Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. The card will be headlined with a battle in the welterweight division as Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson stands toe to toe with Anthony”Showtime” Pettis. Thompson is seeking to get back in the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is now a -380 preferred to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing in welterweight for the very first time in 11 decades and is a +290 underdog. I have a breakdown and select for each fight on the main card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson hasn’t dropped back-to-back fights.
Anthony Pettis is 3-6 in his last nine fights.
Stephen Thompson vs Anthony Pettis
Thompson (-380) is on the worst stretch of his career, going 1-2-1 in his last four fights, including a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts for the welterweight strap plus also a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Until last May. Prior to this recent rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including victories over now-middleweight winner Robert Whittaker and present Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is a kickboxer who places an emphasis on stage fighting rather than going all out to the knockout. That having been said, if you pressure him, he has the capability to put you to sleep because seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, however he has not earned a success in that manner since 2016. Thompson fights long and is extremely fast, picking his opponents apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) was around a win-one, lose-one series on his last seven fights and most recently lost to Tony Ferguson in UFC 229 when he broke his hand in the second round. Showtime is competing at the welterweight division for the first time under the UFC bannerhaving just 1 bout at that weight class back in 2008, when he made a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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