UFC 170: Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker Booked

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An exciting welterweight bout has been booked between Stephen Thompson and Robert Whittaker, which is set to take place at UFC 170. Both fighters have the chance to really solidify their ranking in the division, which is wide open now that Georges St. Pierre has left and vacated his title.

Thompson comes into this fight off a sterling second-round knockout over Chris Clements. In the bout, Thompson showcased some dynamic strikes, proving he’s an elite standup fighter. He also showed some improved wrestling, proving he’s developing as a fighter. He’s been training a lot with Chris Weidman, the current middleweight champion, so he’s getting some great work in with elite-level guys.

A win over Whittaker would be huge for his career, and it’s going to be fun to see him try to land something flashy on the feet.

Whittaker comes into this bout off a split-decision loss to Court McGee. It was a deflating loss as he won two straight before this fight. He will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle against Thompson, and he certainly has the tools to do so. Whittaker is a technical, powerful striker, and he can end any man’s night if he lands flush.

This bout should be a great striking battle for the fans, and a lot is on the line for both of these welterweights. A loss would surely prevent them from fighting for a title any time soon.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.