MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR WEDNESDAY: WONDERBOY VS. PETTIS, MILLENDER VS. DOS SANTOS BOOKED
Two or three exciting welterweight bouts were shown for upcoming March struggle cards, and I will give my initial thoughts on those new matchups in the current MMA odds and ends.
Curtis Millender vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Surging welterweights Curtis Millender and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will fulfill at UFC Fight Night 146, which takes place March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Globo revealed that the news . This is an important welterweight fight between two fighters on hot streaks which should bump the victor up into the top-10 in the world at 170lbs.
Millender (17-3) is a perfect 3-0 so much in the UFC, and he went 4-0 overall in 2018 including his period in LFA. He started his UFC debut with a bang when he pumped out Thiago Alves, then followed it up with decision wins Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada. In general, Millender has won nine straight fights and many think he has the potential be a potential champion due to his size for the welterweight divison and his elite striking technique. Dos Santos (20-5) has gone 6-1 in the UFC and has not lost inside the Octagon since a split decision defeat Nicholas Dalby in his introduction. His last two fights were amazing as he showed his amazing knockout power with barbarous wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He’s already broken to the top-15 positions and may jump into the top-10 if he defeats Millender. This is a really good, competitive battle on paper that I could see either guy. I frankly think it’s about as close to as much of a struggle because you can get, and I am expecting a Pick’em line in the sportsbooks.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis, UFC Fight Night Nashville
Former UFC lightweight winner Anthony Pettis has decided to make the move up to welterweight, and he will make his debut in his new weight class against top contender Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson in what is an intriguing battle between elite strikers. The set will meet in a UFC Fight Night card that has not yet been declared yet on March 23 at Nashville, Tennessee, according to a report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The scribe reports that the bout has been agreed to, and it should be formally announced by the UFC . Thompson (14-3-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and in his final outing lost a very controversial choice to Darren Till. He’s only 1-2-1 in his past four fights, but it’s difficult to say he’s on a decrease when two of those non-victories came against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and his win over Jorge Masvidal revealed he’s still a top fighter in 170lbs. Pettis (21-8) is 8-7 overall in the UFC and in his last fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson in a 2018″Fight of the Year” contender. All of Pettis’ previous spells came in featherweight and lightweight so that this move to welterweight is interesting. Having said this, I really don’t think I could pick Pettis here only based on all of the damage he is accepted as of late along with the fact Thompson is a natural welterweight. Start looking to start as a good favorite here.
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