UFC Fight Night Nashville: Thompson vs Pettis Odds and Picks
For the first time in nearly two decades, 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 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 have a breakdown and select for each fight on the primary card.
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson hasn’t dropped 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, going 1-2-1 in his last four fights, including a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two attempts for the welterweight strap and a unanimous-decision defeat to Darren Until last May. Prior to the recent rough patch, Wonderboy had gone 13-1, including successes over now-middleweight winner Robert Whittaker and current Bellator welterweight champ Rory MacDonald.
The 36-year-old is a kickboxer who puts an emphasis on point fighting rather than going all out to the knockout. That having been said, if you pressure himhe 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 way since 2016. Thompson fights long and is extremely fast, picking his enemies apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) was around a win-one, lose-one series over 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 just one bout at the weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.
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