UFC Nashville: Will Anthony Pettis Have Success at Welterweight?

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@Gian_411

Saturday, March 23, 2019


UFC Fight Night 148 takes place Saturday night live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

This is a very intriguing main event because the fighting styles of both fighters is based heavily on striking and they’ve been able to showcase their dynamic offense in recent fights, which will surely make for an exciting fight for those in attendance.

Pettis will be moving up to fight at welterweight for the first time in his MMA career. The former lightweight champion had moved down to featherweight in the past, so moving up to welterweight may be beneficial for his career because he doesn’t have to go through a grueling weight-cut and will be fighting closer to his natural weight.

Pettis is coming into this fight following a loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, where he was defeated by doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second-round. Both fighters were rightfully awarded the Fight of the Night bonus after a great back-and-forth fight that Pettis nearly won by TKO before Ferguson recovered and won the fight.

Thompson is also coming into this fight off a loss. At UFC Fight Night 130, Thompson fought Darren Till and was defeated by unanimous decision. Following the fight, Thompson was quite vocal about the decision and felt that he should’ve won the fight because he believed he won four-out-of-five rounds.

Taking into account both fighters’ respective spots in the UFC rankings and their fighting styles, Pettis and Thompson could be a Fight of the Night candidate. Both need a big win if they want to move closer to a title shot and for Pettis, a win over Thompson in impressive fashion could open up opportunities at welterweight or put him right back in the mix for a title shot at lightweight, if he intends to move back down to 155lbs.

 

 

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