For the first time in nearly two years, the UFC is going 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 a -380 preferred to do so, while Pettis is competing in welterweight for the very first time in 11 decades and is now a +290 underdog. I’ve 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 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, going 1-2-1 in his last four fights, including a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts to get the welterweight strap and a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Till last May. Prior to the recent rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including successes over now-middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and current Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is a very talented kickboxer who places an emphasis on point fighting rather than going all out to the knockout. That being said, if you pressure himhe has the power to put one to sleep because seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, however he has not earned a victory in that manner since 2016. Thompson struggles long and is extremely fast, picking his opponents apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) has been on 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 next round. Showtime is competing in the welterweight division for the first time under the UFC bannerhaving only one bout at the weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.