Tonight’s UFC Nashville event is headlined by a welterweight bout featuring former division title challenger Stephen Thompson taking on former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.
Anthony Pettis will be returning to welterweight for the first time since 2008 for tonight’s contest with “Wonderboy”.
“Showtime” was last seen in action at October’s UFC 229 event, where he suffered a TKO loss to Tony Ferguson in a “fight of the night” performance.
Meanwhile, Stephen Thompson also enters tonight’s UFC Nashville main event looking to rebound. “Wonderboy” suffered a controversial decision loss to Darren Till in his most recent octagon at UFC Liverpool.
Round one of tonight’s main event begins and Thompson lands a body kick to get things started. Pettis with forward pressure but he eats a side kick. “Wonderboy” switches stances and throws a straight left. Pettis avoids and lands a kick. Thompson is moving very well early. Pettis catches him with a body kick. Thompson responds with a low kick. Both men seem happy to stand and strike. Thompson with a nice combination. Anthony Pettis comes forward but eats a low kick. “Wonderboy” with a kick to the body. Pettis responds with a low kick. Thompson circles to his right and lands a nice kick to the body of “Showtime”. Pettis fires back with a pair of kicks of his own. Thompson leaps in with a right hand that lands. Pettis side steps and lands a low kick. Thompson circles out. Pettis attempts a spinning high kick that misses. Thompson with a body kick followed by a combination. He lands a jab. Pettis tries to cut him off and lands a low kick. Thompson with a low kick and the a two punch combo. Pettis responds with a low kick. Thompson is switching stances. He lands a jab and then a spinning back kick. Stephen with an uppercut, Anthony Pettis replies with a right hand over the top. Another good jab from Thompson. Pettis lands a side kick. The horn sounds to end round one.
Round two of the UFC Nashville main event begins and Thompson continues to utilize his range early. Pettis is replying with low kicks but Stephen is getting off both punches and kicks. “Wonderboy” with a side kick to the body. Pettis’ nose is busted up. Thompson with a kick to the body, Pettis responds with a jab. Pettis continues to chop away with a low kicks. Thompson replies with one of his own and then lands another stiff jab. The fighters exchange kicks. Thompson with a lead left hand. He catches Anthony Pettis with a nice right hook. “Showtime” continues to press forward but he is busted up. Stephen Thompson with a jab to the body followed by a low kick. Pettis comes forward but eats a jab and then a right hand over the top. Another good low kick from Thompson. He goes high with a kick that partially lands. Pettis is still hanging in there but it doesn’t look good. “Wonderboy” with another crisp jab. Pettis with a superman punch from off the cage and Thompson drops. This one is all over! WOW!
Official UFC Nashville Result: Anthony Pettis def. Stephen Thompson via knockout in Round 2