UFC Fight Night Nashville: Thompson vs Pettis Odds and Picks
For the first time in nearly two decades, 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 into the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is now a -380 preferred to do so, while Pettis is competing at welterweight for the 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 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, including a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts for the welterweight strap and a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Till last May. Prior to this 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 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 power to put one to sleep as seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, though he hasn’t earned a victory in that manner 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 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 beneath the UFC bannerhaving just 1 bout at that weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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