Fight Night 148 Preview: Thompson vs Pettis
The stars are out for Fight Night 148, which sees a mix of former champions and contenders in the main event and the co-main. Nitrogen Sports blog takes a look at the fighters and the matchup that could make this event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville an instant classic.
Anthony “Showtime” Pettis
Anthony Pettis (21-8) is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, but he’s had a poor run of results since moving down to featherweight.
This bout will be his first at welterweight, although the size difference could be too much at 170.
Pettis was the first to admit that he’s slightly undersized compared to natural welterweights like Stephen Thompson, but he’s confident that he can outmatch him in terms of skill and output in their Fight Night 148 showdown.
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (14-3-1) is a former welterweight contender with a blend of great control game, excellent range, and dangerous striking, thanks to his background as a champion kickboxer.
Wonderboy is coming off a shock loss to Darren Till last May, and he previously took former champion Tyron Woodley to a close draw before losing a rematch in 2017.
Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis
Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (10-2-0 1NC) is a strong favorite in the build-up to his Fight Night 148 clash with Justin Willis.
So far, only the sheer power of Francis Ngannou has been able to put a stop to Blaydes, with his two losses coming at the hands of the No.2 ranked heavyweight.
He could be too much for the rookie, and a win could potentially set him up for another run at the belt.
Justin Willis (8-1-0) is on a hot streak since losing his first professional MMA bout in 2012.
The impressive run included a win over Mark Hunt in his last fight, where Willis used a stiff jab to keep the veteran at bay, while easily outpointing the man they call the Super Samoan.
Tai Tuivasa has also been calling out Willis on social media, saying he wants him after he loses to Blaydes.
It could happen, but a win for Willis would propel him up the heavyweight rankings and closer to title contention.
Nashville is in for a treat this March, as it hosts a fantastic slate of fights inside the Octagon. Will Anthony Pettis rebound from a loss and beat Stephen Thompson? Or will it be the other way around?
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