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A matchup between Anthony Pettis and Stephen Thompson is wanting increasingly probably.
What began as a random social media callout has shortly advanced right into a pairing that has the curiosity of everybody concerned. Now it simply comes all the way down to sorting the main points.
On the floor it looks as if a tricky project for former UFC light-weight champ Pettis (21-Eight MMA, Eight-7 UFC), who has fought as little as featherweight and can be transferring as much as the welterweight division to tackle two-time title challenger Thompson (14-Three-1 MMA, 9-Three-1 UFC). His group apparently is assured in Pettis’ possibilities towards “Wonderboy,” although.
That’s probably as a result of expertise is on the aspect of Roufusport teaching employees.
Stephen Thompson welcomes Anthony Pettis battle ‘for the followers’
Thompson is understood to be one of the puzzling foes to face contained in the octagon. His karate background makes him a tricky riddle to unravel, nevertheless it has been performed with success earlier than. Coach Duke Roufus was within the nook of 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley for his two title defenses towards Thompson at UFC 205 in November 2016 and UFC 209 in March 2017, so he’s snug within the place.
Though Pettis has a vastly totally different preventing fashion from Woodley, Roufus thinks his “playbook and expertise” for Thompson can be helpful for the hypothetical battle (by way of Instagram):
Certainly one of my Favourite Photos and Wins for @twooodley vs Marvel Boy as a result of everybody mentioned you couldn’t. I’m grateful for my father instructing & teaching me Karate, Tae Kwon Do and old style PKA Full Contact Karate/American Kickboxing. I additionally competed in Sport Karate from age 6-18 years previous together with quite a few years of being a nationally ranked fighter. My 1st four years of Kickboxing Fights have been below American Kickboxing Guidelines and my oldest brother Rick is one Of the best Champions ever in that rule Type. I’m excited to check our Martial Arts Ability Units @showtimepettis I bought your again with the play e book and expertise
Pettis final competed at UFC 229 in October and misplaced a “Struggle of the Yr” candidate towards Tony Ferguson. Thompson hasn’t seen motion since falling quick in a aggressive resolution towards Darren Until at UFC Struggle Evening 130 in Might.
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“Wonderboy” suffered a knee harm within the matchup and has been recovering ever since. He was looking for a return to motion towards Robbie Lawler within the first quarter of this yr, however the former UFC welterweight champ was as a substitute matched up with Ben Askren.
With Thompson searching for a brand new opponent, Pettis completely timed his callout, and now issues look like trending in the precise course.
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