UFC Fight Night Nashville Free Betting Picks

UFC Fight Night: Nashville
Saturday, March 23rd - 8:00pm ET
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Fresh off a newly announced deal with ESPN that gives the network exclusive PPV rights, the UFC is heading to Nashville for UFC Fight Night. Former welterweight contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson (14-3-1) will headline the card against former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis (21-8-0).

Both fighters are looking to bounce back after coming up short their last time out.

The last time we saw Stephen Thompson, he dropped a decision to Darren Till on May 27.

Thompson hasn't been very active since earning his first title shot against Tyron Woodley in November 2016. Since that majority draw, Thompson has fought just three times, going 1-2 in the process. He lost the rematch to Woodley and earned a decision over a lackluster Jorge Masvidal before losing the Till fight.

Before Woodley, Wonderboy was a puzzle that opposing fighters just couldn't figure out. He started his career a stunning 13-1 before running into Woodley. Wonderboy has wins over Robert Whittaker, Patrick Cote, Johny Hendricks, and Rory MacDonald.

So, what happened? He may have just been figured out. Fighters like Wonderboy are a puzzle until they're figured out. Their style isn't predictable forever. That's not to say that Wonderboy is shot. Of course not. His only recent losses have been to the previous champ and the fighter that said champ last defended against. Still, Thompson has looked less untouchable in his most recent fights.

The same thing happened with Anthony Pettis. Showtime was a feared striker with an arsenal that made opponents think twice about fighting him at range. Pettis is a former champion that has some names on his record to be proud of. Benson Henderson (twice), Donald Cerrone, Gilbert Melendez, and Charles Oliveira all fell to Pettis.

Frankly, outside of two losses when he was younger, Pettis has only lost to champions and contenders. Showtime has faced a murderer's row since joining the UFC. He was last seen wearing a crimson mask gifted by Tony Ferguson. He scored a beautiful triangle armbar submission over the very skilled Michael Chiesa before that.

This is a fight to be excited about. I think Pettis will find a way to win it. I'm not sold on Wonderboy, even if Pettis has some L's to his name. Showtime will bring it to Wonderboy and may sub the Karateka. At +325, that's even more reason to bet on the former champion.

Outside of the main event, look out for Angela Hill -160 to win over Randa Markos and Curtis Blaydes -280 to wrestle "Big Pretty" to a decision. "Violent Bob Ross" Luis Peña -300 returns to action against Steven Peterson +220.