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Veteran contenders clash on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 148 as Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson takes on Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the main event at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The preliminary UFC on ESPN+ 6 card is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, followed by the main UFC Fight Night 148 card three hours later. Heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Justin Willis meet in the co-main even. Thompson (14-3-1), ranked No. 3 in the welterweight division, is looking to get back into title contention following losses in two of his past three fights. Meanwhile, Pettis (21-8-0) is No. 8 in the lightweight division and is making his debut at UFC Nashville at 170 pounds. He also has lost two of his last three and is coming off a knockout loss in a wild bout against Tony Ferguson in October. Thompson is a -460 favorite (risk $460 to win $100), while Pettis is a +365 underdog (risk $100 to win $365) in the latest Thompson vs. Pettis odds. The Blaydes vs. Willis odds have the former going off at -275 against Willis (+235).
Before you make any UFC Fight Night 148 picks, you need to hear what SportsLine MMA expert Kyle Marley has to say. Marley won the first-ever ‘ToutMaster’ UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and DFS shows. He watches every single fight for every single UFC card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the last 10 months alone, $100 bettors who have followed Marley’s picks are up more than $19,000. It’s an astonishing cash rate that shows the depth of Marley’s knowledge.
Just last week, Marley told SportsLine members that underdog Marc Diakiese (+195) would defeat favored Joe Duffy (-235) by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout. Diakiese dominated from the opening bell to win comfortably on each scorecard, and anyone who followed Marley’s advice cashed big.
At UFC 235, Marley advised SportsLine members that underdog Kamaru Usman (+150) would upset champion Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight title. He predicted Usman’s energy and activity level would be the difference in a unanimous-decision victory. That’s exactly what happened as Usman controlled the action to claim the title belt. Marley went 9-2 at UFC 235, and anyone who has followed his advice is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night Nashville fast approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the 13-fight card, identified the best value in the UFC odds and released his MMA picks for every single fight. He’s sharing them only over at SportsLine.
Marley knows that Thompson, 36, is eager to ascend back into title contention in a crowded welterweight division. He had two shots at the belt against former champ Tyron Woodley that ended in one draw and one close decision loss. He rebounded with a decision win over Jorge Masvidal, but suffered another close decision defeat in his last bout against Darren Till. Thompson is regarded as one of the most fearsome strikers in UFC.
The 32-year-old Pettis is known for his fearlessness, action-packed bouts and willingness to accept a challenge from any opponent. The former lightweight champion received Performance of the Night for his showing against Michael Chiesa at UFC 226 last July. He won the fight with a second-round armbar.
For UFC Fight Night 148, we can tell you Marley is backing Deiveson Figueiredo (-150) to defeat Jussier Formiga (+130) in a main-card flyweight bout. “Figueiredo has skills on his feet and on the mat, and I am very high on him in general,” Marley told SportsLine. “He can win this fight on his feet or get takedowns and win a decision with his top control.”
Marley also has very strong UFC picks for Thompson vs. Pettis and Blaydes vs. Willis. He’s only sharing who to back for every bout on the UFC Fight Night 148 card over at SportsLine.
Who wins Thompson vs. Pettis and Blaydes vs. Willis? And how exactly does each fight end? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed UFC Fight Night 148 picks for every fight, all from the sizzling expert who’s up more than $19,000 on MMA in the past 10 months alone, and find out.
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