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 conflict in the welterweight division as Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson stands toe to toe with Anthony”Showtime” Pettis. Thompson is seeking to get back in the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is a -380 preferred to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing at welterweight for the very first time in 11 years and is now a +290 underdog. I have a breakdown and pick for each fight on the primary card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson hasn’t dropped back-to-back fights.
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 efforts to get 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. That having been said, if you pressure himhe has the capability to put you to sleep as seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, though 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 around a win-one, lose-one series 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 in the welterweight division for the first time beneath the UFC banner, having only 1 bout at the weight class back in 2008, when he made a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.