Stephen Thompson opened as a slight favorite, but the line has since increased.
An exhilarating fight between Stephen Thompson and Michel Pereira has just been announced, and the odds are very intriguing. Thompson opened as a -140 favorite over Pereira, but the line has gradually increased over time in Thompson's favor.
Current Odds: Stephen Thompson -210, Michel Pereira +180
Stephen Thompson is looking to rebuild a winning streak for the first time since 2020, and it started successfully with his last victory. He defeated Kevin Holland by fourth-round TKO, rebounding from his losses to Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhammad. Ironically, Thompson closed as a favorite in both losses but as an underdog against Holland. He'll be looking to prove he's still one of the best in the division when he takes on the rising Michel Pereira.
"Demolidor" is no stranger to a boring fight and has been getting the better of all of them on his five-fight winning streak. His streak has seen him defeat the likes of Santiago Ponzinibbio, Andre Fialho, Niko Price, Khaos Williams, and Zelim Imadaev. He entered as an underdog in his last bout against Ponzinibbio but upset the bookies, winning via decision over the equally entertaining Argentinian. He'll now look to secure his career' biggest win when he takes on Stephen Thompson.
Odds via fightodds.io
Stephen Thompson (+157) vs. Kevin Holland (-167) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland - Win
Stephen Thompson (-200) vs. Belal Muhammad (+185) UFC Fight Night 199: Lewis vs. Daukaus - Loss
Stephen Thompson (-142) vs. Gilbert Burns (+132) UFC 264 - Loss
Stephen Thompson (-107) vs. Geoff Neal (-103) UFC Fight Night 183: Thompson vs. Neal - Win
Stephen Thompson (-110) vs. Vicente Luque (+100) UFC 244 - Win
Odds via fightodds.io
Michel Pereira (-135) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (+125) UFC Fight Night 206: Holm vs. Vieira - Win
Michel Pereira (-265) vs. Andre Fialho (+245) UFC 278 - Win
Michel Pereira (-178) vs. Niko Price (+167) UFC 264 - Win
Michel Pereira (-103) vs. Khaos Williams (-107) UFC Fight Night 183: Thompson vs. Neal - Win
Michel Pereira (-135) vs. Zelim Imadaev (+125) UFC Fight Night 176: Overeem vs. Sakai - Win
The oddsmakers expect Thompson's elite stricking to be too much for the the rising contender Pereira. Do you think the same? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments.