Two or three exciting welterweight bouts were revealed for upcoming March struggle cards, and I’ll give my initial thoughts on those brand new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Curtis Millender vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Surging welterweights Curtis Millender and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos will fulfill UFC Fight Night 146, which takes place March 9 at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. The news was revealed by globo . This is a significant 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 entire in 2018 including his time in LFA. He began 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 future winner 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 debut. His last two fights were amazing as he showed off his awesome knockout power with brutal wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He has already broken into the top-15 rankings and may jump to the top-10 when he defeats Millender. This is a battle on paper I could see either guy taking. I frankly think it’s about as close to as even of a fight as you can get, and I am hoping a Pick’em line at 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’ll make his debut in his new weight class against leading contender Stephen »Wonderboy » Thompson in what is an intriguing battle between elite strikers. The set will match in a UFC Fight Night card which hasn’t yet been declared yet on March 23 in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The scribe reports which the bout has been verbally agreed to, and the UFC should formally announce it . Thompson (14-3-1) is 9-3-1 at the UFC and in his last outing lost an extremely 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 these non-victories came from 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 in the UFC and in his last fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson in a 2018″Battle of the Year » contender. All Pettis’ previous spells came in featherweight and lightweight so this move to welterweight is interesting. Having said that, I really don’t think I could pick Pettis here just based on all the damage he is taken as of late along with the fact Thompson is a natural welterweight. Look for Thompson to open as a favorite that is solid here.
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