A couple of exciting welterweight bouts were shown for upcoming March fight cards, and I’ll give my initial thoughts on these 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 meet 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 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 time 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. Overall, Millender has won nine straight fights and many think he has the potential be a potential 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 hasn’t lost within the Octagon because a split decision defeat to Nicholas Dalby in his introduction. His last two conflicts 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 to the top-10 if he defeats Millender. This is a really good, competitive fight on paper that I could see either man. I frankly think that it’s about as close to as even of a struggle because you can get, and I am 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 will make his debut in his new weight class against leading competition Stephen»Wonderboy» Thompson in what’s an intriguing conflict between elite strikers. The set will meet in a UFC Fight Night card which hasn’t yet been announced 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 the UFC should formally announce it . Thompson (14-3-1) is 9-3-1 at the UFC and in his last outing lost a very controversial choice to Darren Till. He is just 1-2-1 in his past four fights, but it is difficult to say he is 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 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 that this move to welterweight is interesting. Having said this, I don’t think I could select Pettis here just based on all the damage he is accepted as of late along with also the fact Thompson is a natural welterweight. Look for Thompson to open as a favorite that is good here.
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