The UFC is back with another amazing PPV event with some of the most anticipated fights on the card. UFC 291 is set to happen in Salt Lake City, Utah and the event will be headlined by a much-awaited rematch between Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje the lightweight duo will be fighting for the BMF title.
The co-main event will be a light heavyweight clash between Jan Blachowicz and Alex Pereira, the main card also has a welterweight match-up between Stephen Thompson and Michel Pereira.
A fight between the two was supposed to happen at UFC 289 but for some reason, it got cancelled. However, just after a month, the duo is again set to compete inside the cage. With both fighters having great skills and experience, this one is expected to be a very intriguing match-up.
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Stephen Thompson is an experienced campaigner of the sport and is coming from a win against UFC veteran Kevin Holland. After starting slow and steady, Thompson secured a victory by TKO in the 4th round.
On the other hand, the Brazilian fighter Michel Pereira is in great form, he has won his last five fights and will look to continue the winning streak against Thompson as well. To get a better understanding of their match-up, we will now compare the stats of the two welterweight fighters.
UFC 291: Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira stats
|Stats||Stephen Thompson||Michel Pereira|
|Height||6 ft 0 in||6 ft 1 in|
|Reach||73 in||75 in|
UFC 291: Stephen Thompson vs. Michel Pereira prediction
Both Michel Pereira and Stephen Thompson exhibit top-class striking and footwork. So, naturally, this fight between them is expected to be very exciting for the fans.
The Brazilian will be looking to extend his winning spree in the UFC with a 6th consecutive victory. This one is a great opportunity as a win against Thompson will help him get up the welterweight rankings. Pereira, who is known for his creative fighting skills which surprise the opponent will face challenges in this particular fight as he is up against a UFC veteran.
Stephen Thompson definitely has the edge against his opponent as he showcased tremendous control and striking in his last match, his explosive kicks will also help him get those extra points against the Brazilian.
‘Wonderboy’ can face trouble handling his opponent’s uncanny style and athleticism but if he manages to take the fight to the end without taking much damage, he is set to secure his second consecutive win. So, our prediction for the fight is that Stephen Thompson will win by a Unanimous Decision.