A couple of exciting welterweight bouts were revealed for upcoming March struggle cards, and I will give my first thoughts on these brand new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends.
UFC Fight Night 146, 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 in Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Globo revealed that the news first. This is a significant welterweight fight between two fighters on hot streaks which should bump the victor up into the top-10 on the planet at 170lbs.
Millender (17-3) is an ideal 3-0 so far in the UFC, and then he went 4-0 overall in 2018 including his period in LFA. He began his UFC debut with a bang when he knocked 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 as a consequence of his dimension for the welterweight divison and his elite striking technique. Dos Santos (20-5) has gone 6-1 in the UFC and has not lost within the Octagon because a split decision defeat Nicholas Dalby in his debut. His last two fights were incredible as he showed off his amazing knockout power with barbarous wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He has already broken to the top-15 positions and could jump into the top-10 when he beats Millender. This is a really good, competitive battle on paper that I could see either man. I frankly think that it’s about as near as even of a struggle because you can get, and I’m expecting a Select’em line in the sportsbooks.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis, UFC Fight Night Nashville
Former UFC lightweight winner Anthony Pettis has opted to make the move up to welterweight, and he’ll make his debut in his new weight class against top contender Stephen”Wonderboy” Thompson in what’s an intriguing battle between elite strikers. The set will match at a UFC Fight Night card which hasn’t been announced yet on March 23 in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The scribe reports which 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 last outing lost a very controversial decision to Darren Till. He is only 1-2-1 in his last 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, along with his triumph over Jorge Masvidal revealed he’s still a top fighter in 170lbs. Pettis (21-8) is 8-7 overall at the UFC and in his final fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson at a 2018″Fight of the Year” contender. All of Pettis’ previous bouts came at featherweight and lightweight so that this move to welterweight is intriguing. Having said that, I don’t think I could pick Pettis here only based on all the damage he is taken as of late and also the reality Thompson is a natural welterweight. Start looking for Thompson to open as a favorite here.
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