Two or three exciting welterweight bouts were revealed for upcoming March struggle cards, and I will give my first thoughts on those new matchups in today’s MMA odds and ends.
Curtis Millender vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, UFC Fight Night 146 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. That the news was revealed by globo . This is a significant welterweight fight between two fighters on hot streaks which should bump the victor into the top-10 on the planet at 170lbs.
Millender (17-3) is an ideal 3-0 so much in the UFC, and then he went 4-0 entire in 2018 for example 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 over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada. Overall, 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 inside the Octagon since a split decision defeat to Nicholas Dalby in his introduction. His last two fights were incredible as he showed his amazing knockout power with brutal wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He’s already broken to the top-15 rankings and may jump to the top-10 if he defeats Millender. This is a battle on paper I could see either man taking. I honestly think it’s about as near as much of a struggle as you can get, and I’m 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 decided 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 pair will match in a UFC Fight Night card that has not 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 last outing lost an extremely controversial decision to Darren Till. He’s only 1-2-1 in his last four fights, but it’s difficult to say he is on a decline when two of these non-victories came from UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, along with his triumph over Jorge Masvidal showed he is still a top fighter in 170lbs. Pettis (21-8) is 8-7 overall at the UFC and in his last fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson in a 2018″Fight of the Year” contender. All of Pettis’ previous spells came in featherweight and lightweight so this move to welterweight is interesting. Having said this, I really don’t think I could select Pettis here just based on all of the damage he is accepted as of late along with the fact Thompson is a natural welterweight. Look for Thompson to start as a solid favorite here.
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