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UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland fight week schedule, full card, predictions, and betting odds

UFC Fight Night - Thompson vs. Holland [Image courtesy: UFC.com]
UFC Fight Night - Thompson vs. Holland [Image courtesy: UFC.com]

The UFC will be heading to the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, Florida for its next fight card, UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland (also known as UFC on ESPN 42).

The event will go down on December 3, with a series of exciting matchups lined up for the fight fans. Headling the UFC Fight Night card will be headlined by a much anticipated welterweight showdown between No.6-ranked contender Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland, who is currently unranked in the division.

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The co-main of the upcoming UFC Fight Night event will feature another exciting welterweight clash between Rafael dos Anjos and Bryan Barberena.

Check out the Media Day and weigh-ins schedule for the UFC Fight Night event below:

UFC Fight Night Media Day

Media Day interactions with fighters are likely to take place on Wednesday, November 30, and can be watched live on the promotion's official website, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch accounts.

UFC Fight Night official and ceremonial weigh-ins

Official weigh-ins for the UFC Fight Night event will take place on Friday, December 2, and can be followed live on the aforementioned platforms.

NOTE: The dates are estimated based on the usual schedule for UFC events and are subject to change as they are yet to be officially confirmed.

Check out the full card and betting odds for UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland below.

UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland main card

Check out the full card and betting odds for UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland below:

UFC Fight Night main card

Stephen Thompson -110 vs. Kevin Holland -110 (welterweight)

Bryan Barberena +285 vs. Rafael dos Anjos -345 [favorite] (welterweight)

Matheus Nicolau -230 [favorite] vs. Matt Schnell +195 (flyweight)

Sergei Pavlovich -170 [favorite] vs. Tai Tuivasa +145 (heavyweight)

Derek Brunson +145 vs. Jack Hermansson -170 [favorite] (middleweight)

Eryk Anders +165 vs. Kyle Daukaus -195 [favorite] (middleweight)

UFC Fight Night preliminary card

Niko Price -120 [favorite] vs. Phil Rowe +100 (welterweight)

Emily Ducote -120 [favorite] vs. Angela Hill +100 (women's strawweight)

Clay Guida +150 vs. Scott Holtzman -175 [favorite] (lightweight)

Michael Johnson +195 vs. Marc Diakiese -230 [favorite] (lightweight)

Darren Elkins +310 vs. Jonathan Pearce -400 [favorite] (featherweight)

Tracy Cortez +100 vs. Amanda Ribas -120 [favorite] (women's flyweight)

Natan Levy -180 [favorite] vs. Genaro Valdez +155 (lightweight)

Francis Marshall vs. Marcelo Rojo (featherweight)

Yazmin Jauregui -330 [favorite] vs Istela Nunes +275 (women's strawweight)

Main card predictions for UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland

Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus

Eryk Anders hasn't found much success since joining the promotional ranks in 2018. 'Ya Boi' is coming off back-to-back losses with his latest defeat coming against Jun Yong Park via unanimous decision in May. Prior to that loss, the 35-year-old suffered a first-round submission defeat against Andre Muniz last December.

His opponent, Kyle Daukaus, has also struggled for consistency throughout his UFC career. In his most recent octagon appearance in June, 'The D'Arce Knight' suffered a first-round knockout defeat at the hands of Roman Dolidz. However, the Pennsylvanian is expected to find a path to victory when he takes on another struggling opponent.

Verdict: Kyle Daukaus

Derek Brunson vs. Jack Hermansson

Derek Brunson's five-fight win streak came to a halt when he ran into Jared Cannonier in February. The 38-year-old will be determined to get back into the win column when he takes on Jack Hermansson at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event.

Jack Hermansson has alternated wins and losses over his past six fights. However, 'The Joker' looked nothing short of impressive in his latest outing against Chris Curtis, picking up a comfortable unanimous decision win.

This fight is tough to call, but we'll go with betting favorite Hermansson, who has shown significant improvement in his last fight.

Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tai Tuivasa

Rising contender Sergei Pavlovich has looked outstanding throughout his professional career. 13 of Pavlovich's 17 bouts have ended by way of first-round KO/TKO in his favor. The only blemish on the Russian's record came at the hands of Alistair Overeem in his promotional debut back in 2019.

In his most recent UFC appearance, Pavlovich dispatched Derrick Lewis with a vicious TKO in just 55 seconds in July.

Tai Tuivasa is fresh off a knockout loss to former title challenger Ciryl Gane at the UFC Paris card in September. Prior to the loss, Tuivasa was riding a five-fight win streak, winning all five via knockout. In his 14 wins, 'Bam Bam' finished every opponent except one.

This heavyweight bout is expected to be an exhilarating affair with both fighters aiming for a finish. However, the Russian is expected to continue his strong run of form when he makes his next octagon appearance at UFC Fight Night.

Verdict: Sergei Pavlovich

Matheus Nicolau vs. Matt Schnell

Matheus Nicolau is coming off a unanimous decision win over David Dvorak in March. The Brazilian will enter the upcoming matchup hoping to register his sixth consecutive victory and fourth inside the UFC octagon.

Matt Schnell, meanwhile, is 2-2-1 in his last five bouts. The Louisiana native is coming off a technical submission win over Su Mudaerji in July to bounce back from his submission defeat against Brandon Royval earlier this year.

Schnell now has the opportunity to get back on a winning streak; however, the Brazilian will likely find a way to stay unbeaten under the UFC banner.

Verdict: Matheus Nicolau

Bryan Barberena vs. Rafael dos Anjos

After going 1-3 through 2019-21, Bryan Barberena finds himself on a three-fight win streak. The 33-year-old scored a second-round TKO win over Robbie Lawler last time out after back-to-back decision wins. However, the American has a very tough challenge ahead of him.

Rafael dos Anjos suffered a brutal fifth-round knockout at the hands of a game Rafael Fiziev after going on a two-fight win streak. The former champion may not appear to be in the best form of his career; however, the Brazilian certainly has the edge when it comes to experience and we expect him to grind out a victory at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event.

Verdict: Rafael dos Anjos

Stephen Thompson vs. Kevin Holland

Stephen Thompson's UFC career has been on a downward spiral. 'Wonderboy' is coming off back-to-back decision losses; however, these defeats have come against two of the best fighters in the division.

In his latest outing last December, the kickboxing ace was edged out by Belal Muhammad after dropping a unanimous decision to Gilbert Burns.

Kevin Holland, on the other hand, is coming off a first-round submission defeat against Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279 in September. This was a short-notice fight for both athletes and 'Trailblazer' clearly wasn't prepared for the fearsome grappling of 'Borz'. Prior to that defeat, Holland had back-to-back finishes to his name.

The upcoming UFC Fight Night headliner between Holland and Thompson promises to be an exciting one. Thompson was bested on the ground in both of his last two fights, but he isn't likely to face that threat when he takes on Holland, who has also found himself in trouble on the ground lately. We expect this fight to play out largely on the feet and end in favor of 'Wonderboy'.

Verdict: Stephen Thompson

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Edited by David Andrew
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