After an eventful trip to London over the past weekend, the UFC is back in the states of Saturday's UFC on ESPN + 6 combat cards taking place in Nashville.
In the main event, former two-hour winger road title challenger Stephen Thompson welcomes the former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis to the 170-pound division. And he judges from Pettis' entertainment in his pre-match interviews, he feels like another fighter and looks forward to testing himself in the top division.
In the co-main event, Curtis Blaydes looks to hold onto his top 10 position in the heavyweight division against Justin Willis, who tries to break into the top 1
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Here are seven burning issues about the battle card.
first Can Stephen Thompson stay in the title mix?
Thompson has only one victory in his previous four games, but the way he looks at things, he is not too far away from getting a third shot at the UFC welterweight title. Let Thompson, No. 5 in the United States today Sports / MMA Junkie MMA welterweight rankings, explain his thinking.
"Having a new master, I knew it was better for my career," said Thompson MMA Junkie. "No one wants to see Thompson vs Woodley 3 and I understood it a bit. I had to have two or three matches before I get the shot again. This, now that we have a new champion, will be faster.
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"The division has changed dramatically since the last time I fought. Got a new master, Darren Till was knocked out by a guy I already beaten (Jorge Masvidal). It's in the air. I'm ranked No. 4 right now, so one of us could fight for that title again. "
Thompson has a point, but the situation is, in fact, that the UFC might be reluctant to give anyone who already has two cracks in the title in the last two years another shot in gold as soon as that means that Thompson will probably need a series of impressive victories before being reserved for another title match, and he gets his first chance to make his case against Pettis in Nashville