The pair basically negotiated the bout via social media and with it the one the fans want to see has been scheduled as the main event on March 23.
Both are coming into the fight on the back of losses, and in Tennessee they’ll be wanting to put that right.
But who will take the tie?
Stephen Thompson v Anthony Pettis Betting Odds
Thompson is a far and away favourite with the bookmakers currently, with the 36-year-old priced at +450.00 with many.
It’s a big price given the Wonderboy has won just one of his last four fights, but he’s a natural welterweight and will use that to his advantage.
Pettis on the other hand hasn’t fought at 170 pounds or higher since 2009, his World Extreme Cagefighting debut, spending much of his career as a lightweight.
Showtime will be hoping his skill on the floor will make up for his unnatural weight, with the submission expert looking to capitalise on that.
Power is going to play a bit part though and a Thompson knockout is the most favoured outcome with bookmakers, having won half his fights by way of knockout.
Stephen Thompson v Anthony Pettis Betting Tips
Only one of Thompson’s wins have come from submission and he’s yet to lose via a submission. Which could pose a huge problem for Pettis.
That puts the knockout clearly in Thompson’s favour, despite Pettis having previously knocked out nine opponents.
The weight advantage will prove too much in our opinion and Thompson knockout seems the sensible bet.
If Thompson is to be defeated, it’s likely the bout will go the distance, with his bout against Darren Till a unanimous decision in his opponents favour.
His last five fights have gone down to a decision, although only one of Pettis’ last six fights have gone that way.
It’s an interesting bout, with the only major difference between the two in record and ability being the weight difference. And that could prove to be all the difference.
If you’re tempted to go the way of Pettis, a bet on Thompson’s first ever submission would be the way to go, particularly in the first three rounds.
For Thompson, we’re looking at a knockout or decision and with weight being a factor, a bet on the former is certainly the way to go.
He does have a few first round knockouts to his name over the last few years, so if you’re looking for a round, that could be the bet for you.
Weight the key factor here. An early knockout for Stephen Thompson.