For the first time in almost two decades, the UFC is going back to 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 into the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is a -380 favorite to do so, while Pettis is competing in welterweight for the very first time in 11 years and is a +290 underdog. I have a breakdown and select for every single fight on the main card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson has never dropped 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, heading 1-2-1 in his past four fights, such as a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts for the welterweight strap and 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 present Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is. That having been said, if you pressure him, he has the power to put you to sleep as 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 enemies 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 second round. Showtime is competing in the welterweight division for the first time beneath the UFC banner, having only 1 bout at that weight class back in 2008, when he made a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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