Top welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson headlines UFC on ESPN+ 6 on Saturday, where he is tasked with welcoming former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis to the 170-pound division in Nashville, Tenn.
Thompson is a two-time former challenger to Tyron Woodley, but failed to wrest the belt from him on either occasion. But now that Kamaru Usman has taken the belt from Woodley, Thompson sees the opportunity to make a quick return to title contention, and that begins with Pettis.
Showtime, however, believes that he has a similar opportunity
Pettis is making his UFC welterweight debut in Nashville, but he has a lengthy championship pedigree, having been a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion. Having been to the top of the mountain at 155 pounds, Pettis believes he has a short run to get into welterweight title contention, especially if he defeats someone the caliber of Thompson.
Oddsmakers don’t seem to think Pettis is going to make the run he’s hoping for, however. As of Friday, Thompson was heavily favored to defeat Pettis, according to MMAWeekly.com odds partner MyBookie. Thompson was sitting at -340, while the line had Pettis at +280. (Use the promo code MMAWEEKLY to get a 50-percent sign-up bonus at MyBookie.)
That means a $340 wager on Thompson would produce winnings of $100 should he win the fight. If Pettis can upset Thompson, a $100 bet would mean winnings of $280.
The UFC on ESPN+ 6 co-main event is a little bit tighter, but Curtis Blaydes is still a -260 favorite to Justin Willis’s +200 in their heavyweight contest.
UFC on ESPN+ 6: Thompson vs. Pettis Betting Lines
- Stephen Thompson: -340 vs. Anthony Pettis: +280
- Curtis Blaydes: -260 vs. Justin Willis: +200
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