A couple of exciting welterweight bouts were revealed for upcoming March fight cards, and I will give my initial thoughts on those 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 that the news . This is a significant welterweight fight between two fighters on hot streaks that should bump the victor up into the top-10 in the world at 170lbs.
Millender (17-3) is an ideal 3-0 so much in the UFC, and then he went 4-0 overall in 2018 including his period 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 eight consecutive fights and many believe he has the potential be a future winner as a consequence of his size for the welterweight divison and his elite striking technique. Dos Santos (20-5) has gone 6-1 at the UFC and hasn’t lost inside the Octagon because a split decision defeat to Nicholas Dalby in his introduction. His last two fights were amazing as he showed his amazing knockout power with brutal wins over Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini. He has already broken to the top-15 rankings and could jump to the top-10 when he defeats Millender. This is a very good, competitive battle on paper I could see either man carrying. I frankly think it’s about as near as even of a fight as you can get, and I am hoping a Select’em line in 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’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 the UFC should announce it . Thompson (14-3-1) is 9-3-1 in the UFC and in his final outing lost an extremely controversial choice to Darren Till. He’s only 1-2-1 in his last four fights, but it is difficult to say he is on a decline when two of these non-victories came from UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and his triumph over Jorge Masvidal revealed he’s still a top fighter at 170lbs. Pettis (21-8) is 8-7 overall in the UFC and in his last fight was TKOed by Tony Ferguson at a 2018″Battle of the Year” contender. All of Pettis’ previous spells came in featherweight and lightweight so this movement to welterweight is interesting. Having said this, I really don’t believe I could pick 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 start as a favorite that is solid here.
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