Rely UFC president Dana White amongst these blown away by Anthony Pettis’ gorgeous second-round knockout of Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville.
After getting busted up by Thompson for the opening 9 minutes of the competition, Pettis floored “Wonderboy” with a thunderous superman punch late in spherical two in a combat that served as his welterweight debut. The win rocketed Pettis into on the spot contendership within the 170-pound division, and White couldn’t assist however heap reward upon the previous light-weight champion for conducting a feat that nobody else at welterweight has been capable of do.
“Pettis was a +385 underdog, big underdog. I beloved his gameplan from the start,” White mentioned Saturday evening on the ESPN+ post-fight present. “I’m assuming — I don’t know this — (coach) Duke Roufus studied ‘Wonderboy’ and the best way that he jumps together with his karate motion, it’s arduous to dam leg kicks, so he began busting up the legs early, each legs, on the surface, on the within, to attempt to gradual him down so he might punch with him.
“Take into consideration this,” White continued, “Anthony Pettis, who was 155 and moved as much as 170, was capable of do what (Tyron) Woodley couldn’t do twice. I imply, that’s fairly spectacular. And I’m not ragging on Tyron, which goes to be the factor that comes out of this, however what Pettis did tonight is unbelievable towards an even bigger [opponent]. Have a look at the dimensions distinction with these two tonight.”
Pettis’ efficiency despatched shockwaves all through the welterweight panorama on Saturday evening. Former foe Rafael dos Anjos tweeted that he would welcome a rematch towards Pettis as soon as the Brazilian fights Kevin Lee at UFC Rochester. The win additionally caught the attention of UFC celebrity Conor McGregor, who seemingly tweeted out a problem to Pettis within the aftermath of the competition.
So with choices aplenty, what does White need subsequent for Pettis?
“Pay attention, I like every matchup for him after what he did tonight,” White mentioned. “Very spectacular. A really spectacular gameplan. He got here in, he executed. ‘Wonderboy’ was busting him up within the first spherical, the second spherical. He saved his composure, caught to [what] I’m assuming was the gameplan — I don’t know that — however he seemed rattling good tonight.”
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