ROUNDTABLE: Staff predictions for Stephen Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Stephen Thompson (photo credit Stephen R. Sylvanie © USA Today Sports)

Who will win Saturday’s main event between Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis?

Cole Henry, Host – MMA Scope Podcast

I’m going with Wonderboy here. Pettis has pretty much devolved into a brawler as of late and while that’s exciting, its also the kind of style that Thompson usually eats up. Now if we see a vintage Pettis performance perhaps things could get interesting but I think this will likely be a fight consisting of Thompson keeping Pettis at a distance and winning a decision, unless Pettis gets wild and perhaps, we could then see Thompson score a finish.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Both of these guys have unfulfilled potential and I’m sick of em. These two guys keep getting big/good fights and it’s like they’re doing nothing with them. Stephen Thompson should win pretty easily over Anthony Pettis. Pettis is an extremely inconsistent fighter and I expect him to struggle against Thompson. If Thompson gets beat up and loses, he’s DONE! Whoever loses should go to Bellator immediately afterwards.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I think Thompson wins by 4th round TKO. Pettis has been bouncing around trying to find his place but it’s a big ask for him to beat Thompson. Pettis has shown glimpses of his former Showtime self and I think we see a little bit of that in this fight, but I think Thompson bides his time and pounces later in the fight. I think the early rounds will be a little dull as both fighters are tentative but things pick up and we get an explosive finish.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

Anthony Pettis moving up to welterweight reeks of desperation and I think Stephen Thompson is going to make him pay for it. Through a combination of Pettis deteriorating as a fighter and his opponents figuring out the score on him, he doesn’t have a lot to offer at the top level right now. I expect Thompson to put the pressure on Pettis, and try and get some goodwill back that he’s lost as an exciting fighter after a string of dull fights. I think “Wonderboy” knocks him out in the second round by keeping the pressure on, and potentially even using his size advantage and taking the fight to the ground.

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