UFC Fight Night Nashville: Thompson vs Pettis Odds and Picks

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For the first time in nearly two decades, the UFC is going back into 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 looking to get back into the win column for the first time since November 2017 and is now a -380 preferred to accomplish this, while Pettis is competing at welterweight for the first time in 11 years and is now a +290 underdog. I’ve a breakdown and select for every single fight on the main card.
Shark Bites
Stephen Thompson only absorbs 2.51 significant strikes per minute.
Stephen Thompson has never dropped back-to-back 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, such as a draw and a loss against Tyron Woodley in his two attempts for 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 kickboxer who puts an emphasis on stage fighting rather than going all out to the knockout. That having been said, if you pressure him, he has the capability to put you to sleep because seven of his 14 professional wins have come by T/KO, though he hasn’t earned a success in that way since 2016. Thompson struggles long and is extremely fast, picking his opponents apart when in kicking range.
Pettis (+290) was on 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 in the welterweight division for the first time under the UFC banner, having only one bout at the weight class back in 2008, when he earned a first-round knockout over Gabe Walbridge.

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