For the first time in nearly two years, the UFC is heading back into Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The card will be headlined with a battle from the welterweight division as Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson stands toe to toe with Anthony”Showtime” Pettis. Thompson is looking to get back in the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is now a -380 favorite to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing in welterweight for the first time in 11 decades and is now a +290 underdog. I’ve a breakdown and pick for every single fight on the primary card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson hasn’t dropped 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, going 1-2-1 in his last four fights, such as a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts to get the welterweight strap plus also a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Until last May. Prior to this new rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including successes over now-middleweight winner Robert Whittaker and current Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is a kickboxer who places an emphasis on stage 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 has not earned a victory in that way since 2016. Thompson struggles long and is extremely fast, picking his enemies apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) has been 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 banner, having just one bout at that weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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