Two welterweight bouts have been penciled in for UFC 178, as Stephen Thompson looks to win his fourth straight against former middleweight contender Patrick Côté. Also at 170lbs, John Howard will look to get back to winning ways against Brian Ebersole, who is currently on a two fight losing skid.
Stephen Thompson has established himself as one of the biggest prospects in the welterweight division, going 4-1 since joining the UFC with his sole blemish coming against #5 ranked Matt Brown. With three straight wins, with his most impressive being a first round knockout over TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker, Thompson has impressed since his only professional loss. An established kickboxer, Thompson has started to work on all aspects of the sport and a win over a veteran such as Côté would speak volumes.
Patrick Côté has posted an 8-8 record in the UFC overall, but has gone 3-1 in his most recent stint. After losing his return fight to Cung Le, Côté has gone on to win three straight, including his first two bouts since dropping down to welterweight. ‘The Predator’ also led his Canada side to wins in both of the TUF Nations finales, before defeating fellow coach Kyle Noke in the coaches’ battle. Looking for a fourth straight win, Côté will look to use his experience to derail the hype train of Stephen Thompson.
In the second bout added to the card, John Howard will look to rebound from a decision loss to Ryan LaFlare in his last bout. Prior to that loss, Howard had won back to back decisions over Siyar Bahadurzada and Uriah Hall since returning to the UFC, but the loss to LaFlare has halted the momentum built. ‘Doomsday’ is 6-4 inside the Octagon, and has won eight of his last ten overall. Another impressive winning streak could put the 31 year-old in the welterweight rankings for the first time.
Brian Ebersole has looked less-than impressive in his last two outings after looking solid in a four-fight winning streak to start his UFC career. This win streak included victories over Chris Lytle and Dennis Hallman, both highly respected veterans of the welterweight division. Back-to-back decision losses against James Head and Rick Story have meant Ebersole’s upcoming fight with John Howard is a must-win for the 33 year-old.
UFC 178 is headlined by the highly awaited rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight title, and will be held at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue in Las Vegas, NV on September 27.