UFC Fight Night Nashville: Thompson vs Pettis Odds and Picks
For the first time in nearly two years, the UFC is heading back to Bridgestone Arena at Nashville, Tennessee. The card will be headlined with a battle 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 a -380 favorite to do so, while Pettis is competing at welterweight for the first time in 11 years and is a +290 underdog. I’ve a breakdown and select for each fight on the main card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson hasn’t lost fights.
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, including a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two efforts for the welterweight strap plus a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Until last May. Prior to the new 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 a very talented kickboxer who places an emphasis on point fighting rather than 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 success in that manner since 2016. Thompson fights long and is extremely fast, picking his enemies 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 second round. Showtime is competing in the welterweight division for the first time under the UFC bannerhaving just one bout at that weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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