In the main confrontation at the Ultimate Fighting Championship on ESPN 42, Americans Steven Thompson and Kevin Holland will meet in the welterweight division. The fight will take place on December 4, 2022 in Orlando at the Amway Center. Estimated start of the battle at 08:00 Kyiv time. In recent years, fighters have not been stable. However, athletes from North America arrange spectacular battles, so it will be interesting to watch the face-to-face meeting of the “wonder boy” and the “innovator”. Bets on this fight are accepted by Mostbet haqida.
Bookmakers give a slight advantage in this fight to a native of California. At the same time, it is definitely not worth writing off the representative of Simpsonville. A top matchup can be spectacular.
“Wonder Boy” held 23 fights in professional mixed martial arts. Having won 16 victories (eight ahead of schedule and by decision of the judges), Stephen lost six times (only once by knockout). Also in 2016, in the fight for the UFC welterweight title, Thompson did not reveal the strongest with Tyron Woodley. In the last six battles, the North American won only two victories. Losing to Darren Till and Anthony Pettis, the South Carolina welterweight was stronger than Vicente Luca and Jeff Neal. Then the representative of the Serra-Longo Fight Team lost to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad.
In the next battle, the ward of Ray Thompson and Carlos Machado should not count on an easy walk. In this case, the “wonder boy” is able to win.
“Innovator” among the pros had 32 fights, in which he won 23 wins (19 ahead of schedule) and suffered eight losses (three submissions and five decisions). The battle with Kyle Dokos in October 2021, after a headbutt, was declared invalid. Prior to that, Kevin lost by unanimous decision to Derek Brunson and Marvin Vettori, and after that he prematurely beat Alex Oliveira and Tim Means. In September of this year, Holland had his last fight so far. The American lost to Khamzat Chimaev by surrender at the 133rd second of the first round.
In the December battle, the representative of the Phalanx MMA Academy team is able to get the victory. However, the ward of Travis Luther can be difficult in a fight with a fairly hardy opponent.
“Innovator” can be considered a more versatile fighter. In addition to good work in the rack, Kevin is good in wrestling, as evidenced by almost a third of his wins by submission. Thompson relies on a strike, but he defends well from transfers to canvas and has never been defeated by pain or suffocation. Given the endurance of the fighters, you can expect a long confrontation here. At the same time, impressive experience and good form should allow Holland to win.