UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Pettis card preview

UFC Fight Night 148 will be hosted at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee this Saturday on March 23rd, as UFC Welterweights go to war!

Headlining the event, will be two time Welterweight title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and former Lightweight champion Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis. Whilst this match is quite nonsensical, Wonderboy being a highly ranked fighter in the division and Pettis only making his divisional debut, it is definitely one of the most intriguing striking match ups the UFC could have made in any division. Both fighters have flashy exciting styles which captivates audiences all over! Both have significant resumes and highlight reel finishes behind them so it will be a must see!

Wonderboy vs Till at UFC Liverpool. Photo via USA Today.

Thompson is 3-2-1 in his last 6 outings, his last victory was a unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal back UFC 217 and in his most recent outing, lost a controversial decision to Darren Till back in May. Showtime Pettis is 3-3 in his last 6 outings, his last victory coming by Arm Triangle over Michael Chiesa at UFC 226 and his most recent outing lost via corner stoppage to Tony Ferguson in what was a two round war and definite FOTY contender.

Anthony Pettis points to the broken hand, which forced him to withdraw from his fight with Ferguson. Photo via MMA Junkie.

Co-Headlining the event is a Heavyweight bout, which could signal the next contender for the division, as #4 ranked Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes takes on surging heavyweight Justin Willis. Blaydes is currently coming of a TKO loss to Francis Ngannou which ended an impressive 4 fight win streak. Willis is currently on an 8 fight winning streak, his last over Mark Hunt in Adelaide back in December.

Justin Willis brawls with Mark Hunt in Adelaide, Australia. Photo via James Elsby USA Today.

Also featuring on the card will be ‘Violent Bob Ross’ Luis Pena who will face Steven Peterson in a 145lb match up, as well as a highly touted Flyweight match up between Jussier Formiga and Deiveson Figueiredo.

See below for the full UFC Nashville card:


  • Stephen Thompson vs Anthony Pettis
  • Curtis Blaydes vs Justin Willis
  • John Makdeesi vs Jesus Pinedo
  • Jussier Formiga vs Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Luis Pena vs Steven Peterson
  • Maycee Barber vs JJ Aldrich


  • Bryce Mitchell vs Bobby Moffett
  • Marlon Vera vs Frankie Saenz
  • Alexis Davis vs Jennifer Maia
  • Randa Markos vs Angela Hill
  • Ryan Macdonald vs Chris Gutierrez
  • Eric Shelton vs Jordan Espinosa

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