For the first time in almost two years, the UFC is going back to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The card will be headlined with a conflict in the welterweight division as Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson stands toe to toe with Anthony”Showtime” Pettis. Thompson is looking to get back into the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is now a -380 favorite to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing at welterweight for the first time in 11 decades and is a +290 underdog. I’ve a breakdown and pick for each fight on the primary card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson has never lost back-to-back conflicts.
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, heading 1-2-1 in his past four fights, such as a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two attempts for the welterweight strap and also a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Till last May. Prior to this recent rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including victories over now-middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and present Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is a really gifted kickboxer who places an emphasis on point fighting instead of going all out for the knockout. That being 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 hasn’t earned a victory in that manner since 2016. Thompson fights long and is extremely fast, picking his opponents apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) was on a win-one, lose-one series on his last seven fights and most recently lost to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229 when he broke his hand in the next round. Showtime is competing in the welterweight division for the first time beneath the UFC bannerhaving just one bout at the weight class back in 2008, when he made a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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