UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson II is set for September 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and this evening (July 13, 2014) fans are learning of two more bouts that are being assigned to the event.
As was announced by the UFC tonight, Patrick “The Predator” Cote and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson have verbally agreed to fight on the “Sin City” card.
Both fighters are riding a three fight winning streak and looking to climb onto the welterweight division’s top 15 rankings ladder.
“The Predator” has 12 years of experience and a professional record of 21 – 8 (7 – 8 UFC), as backed up by a heavy right hand and solid chin. Cote has the ability to knock out any welterweight in the division, however, his stand-up is lacking in dynamic.
In taking on “The Wonderboy,” Cote will be facing down a 9 – 1 (4 – 1 UFC) fighter whose only defeat, a unanimous decision loss at UFC 145, came at the hands of Matt Brown. As such, Thompson ranks as the only fighter in Brown’s current seven fight winning streak to go the distance with “The Immortal.” The 31-year-old Thompson has an explosive stand-up style and decent power, having culled five of his career wins, inclusive of his last two, by way of TKO.
Given their respective styles, fans can probably look forward to a good stand-up war when the pair meet in Las Vegas.
The other announced match, was Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole vs. John “Doomsday” Howard.
At 33-years-of-age and a professional record of 50 – 16 (4 – 2 UFC), Brian Ebersole is a long-toothed veteran of the sport and has a wealth of experience. He’s currently holding down a two fight losing streak (both decisions) and hasn’t been active in the ring since November of last year. “Bad Boy’s” greatest attributes might be his physical toughness (he’s never been T/KO’d in a fight) and his never give up, try anything, fighting style.
John Howard is another veteran of the sport and carries a professional record of 22 – 9 (6 – 4 UFC) and is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Ryan LaFlare, at last April’s UFC Fight Night 39. “Doomsday” is a well-rounded fighter and like Ebersole, tough. He’s only been submitted once and stopped twice, and hasn’t felt the sting of either since 2010. Conversely, two of his last four wins have been by way of first round KO stoppages.
In short, Ebersole vs. Howard should be an entertaining fight between two veterans and a match that helps fill out an already great card.