It’s been quite a week in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past several days, here’s what you’ve missed.
Monday, ESPN and the UFC extended their television and streaming media pact for two more years, now running through 2025.
The same day, UFC President Dana White revealed in an interview with Megan Olivi that he will remain in his capacity for the next seven years.
On Wednesday, TJ Dillashaw relinquished the UFC Bantamweight Championship belt on his own accord after the New York State Athletic Commission suspended him indefinitely for a positive drug test.
Saturday, the UFC returns to the cage for the sixth UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night.
Undercard action begins at 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. PDT on ESPN+, with the main card at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Headlining this week’s UFC Fight Night is a top 10 confrontation in the UFC Welterweight Division, as No. 3 contender Stephen Thompson (14-3-1) meets No. 8 contender Anthony Pettis (21-8).
Both enter Saturday evening’s main event coming off losses.
Contender Comparison: Stephen Thompson is the taller contestant in this fight, standing six feet even, compared to Pettis at 5-foot-10.
Thompson has gone 2-2-1 in his last five UFC appearances, losing last time out to Darren Till in UFC Fight Night Liverpool last May 27 on FS1 in the main event.
In the other corner, Anthony Pettis has gone 2-3 in his last five fights, including a loss in the Oct. 6 UFC 229 card to Tony Ferguson in the co-main event.
The Tale of the Tape: Thompson holds a 2.5-inch advantage in reach (75 inches to 72.5 inches) and a 1.75-inch leg reach advantage (41.75 inches to 40 inches) over Pettis heading into the main event.
Prediction: Thompson by second-round knockout.
Other fights on Saturday night’s main card:
No. 4 contender Curtis Blaydes (10-2, one no contest) vs. No. 10 contender Justin Willis (8-1) [Heavyweight, co-main event]
John Makdessi (16-6) vs. Jesus Pinedo (16-4-1) [Lightweight]
No. 1 contender Jussier Formiga (22-5) vs. No. 4 contender Deiveson Figueredo (15-0) [Flyweight]
Luis Pena (5-1) vs. Steven Peterson (17-7) [Featherweight]
Maycee Barber (6-0) vs. JJ Aldrich (7-2) [Women’s Flyweight]
UFC on ESPN+ 6 at a Glance:
Prelims: Saturday, 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. PDT, ESPN+
Main Card: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT, ESPN
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