A couple of exciting welterweight bouts were revealed for upcoming March fight cards, and I will give my initial thoughts on those brand new matchups in the current 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 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 that 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 he went 4-0 overall in 2018 including his period in LFA. He started his UFC debut with a bang when he pumped out Thiago Alves, then followed it up with conclusion wins over Max Griffin and Siyar Bahadurzada. In general, Millender has won eight consecutive fights and many think he has the potential be a future champion due to his dimension for the welterweight divison and his elite striking technique. Dos Santos (20-5) has gone 6-1 at the UFC and has not lost inside the Octagon because a split decision defeat to Nicholas Dalby in his debut. His last two fights were amazing as he showed off his awesome 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 battle on paper I could see either man. I frankly think that it’s about as close to as even of a struggle 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 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 is an intriguing battle between elite strikers. The pair will meet at a UFC Fight Night card which hasn’t been announced yet on March 23 at Nashville, Tennessee, according to a report by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The scribe reports which the bout has been verbally agreed to, and it should be officially announced by the UFC soon. 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’s only 1-2-1 in his past four fights, but it is hard to say he’s on a decline when two of those non-victories came from UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, along with his win 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 final 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 movement to welterweight is intriguing. Having said this, I really don’t think I could select Pettis here just based on all of the damage he’s taken as of late along with the reality Thompson is a natural welterweight. Look to open as a favorite here.
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