For the first time in almost two years, the UFC is heading back into Bridgestone Arena at 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 a -380 favorite to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing in welterweight for the first time in 11 years 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 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 about the worst stretch of his career, going 1-2-1 in his past 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 the recent rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including victories over now-middleweight winner Robert Whittaker and current Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is. That being said, if you pressure him, he has the capability to put one to sleep as seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, though he has not earned a victory in that way since 2016. Thompson struggles long and is very fast, picking his enemies apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) was around a win-one, lose-one streak over 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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