Two or three exciting welterweight bouts were shown for upcoming March struggle cards, and I will give my first thoughts on these 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. Globo revealed the news . This is an important welterweight fight between two fighters on hot streaks that should bump the victor into the top-10 on the planet at 170lbs.
Millender (17-3) is an ideal 3-0 so far in the UFC, and he went 4-0 overall in 2018 for example his time in LFA. He began his UFC debut with a bang when he knocked out Thiago Alves, then followed it up with conclusion wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada. Overall, Millender has won nine consecutive fights and many believe he has the potential be a future 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 within the Octagon because a split decision defeat Nicholas Dalby in his introduction. His last two fights were incredible as he showed off his amazing knockout power with barbarous wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He’s already broken into the top-15 positions and may jump into the top-10 if he beats Millender. This is a good, competitive battle on paper that I could see either man carrying. I frankly think it’s about as close to as much of a fight as you can get, and I am expecting a Select’em line at the sportsbooks.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis, UFC Fight Night Nashville
Former UFC lightweight champion 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 is an intriguing battle between elite strikers. The pair will match at a UFC Fight Night card which hasn’t yet been declared yet on March 23 at Nashville, Tennessee, according to a report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The scribe reports that the bout has been agreed to, and it should be formally announced by the UFC shortly. Thompson (14-3-1) is 9-3-1 at the UFC and in his final outing lost an extremely controversial choice to Darren Till. He is just 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 from UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and his win over Jorge Masvidal showed he’s still a top fighter at 170lbs. Pettis (21-8) is 8-7 overall at the UFC and in his last fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson at a 2018″Battle of the Year” contender. All Pettis’ previous bouts came at featherweight and lightweight so this move to welterweight is intriguing. Having said this, I don’t think I could pick Pettis here only based on all the damage he’s taken as of late and the fact Thompson is a natural welterweight. Look for Thompson to start as a good favorite here.
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