Final Preventing Championship (UFC) Welterweight ninjas Anthony Pettis and Stephen Thompson threw down final evening (March 23, 2019) at UFC Struggle Night time 148 inside Bridgestone Area in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s been an entertaining few years from Pettis, however he’s wound up on the fallacious aspect of some losses which have largely eradicated him from title rivalry at his dwelling weight class of 155 kilos. Moderately than begin over at Light-weight, “Showtime” referred to as for an entertaining match up at 170 kilos, trying to discover out for himself whether or not the grass was greener at Welterweight. His debut wouldn’t be simple although, as “Wonderboy” was a licensed contender. In fact, Thompson has not definitively misplaced in years — the person may very simply have gained the title in his rematch with Tyron Woodley. Issues didn’t fairly work out that manner although, leaving Thompson in want of a win to get him again within the combine.
Pettis seemed to strain “Wonderboy” early, backing his foe up behind a excessive guard. Each males have been trying to kick: Thompson flung up an early excessive kick early and stabbed on the mid-section with aspect kicks, whereas Pettis seemed to slam spherical kicks to the physique and leg relying on Thompson’s stance.
Within the first half of the spherical, Pettis appeared to land the more durable kicks between the 2, doing properly to dam his foe’s kicks. Consequently, “Wonderboy” grew extra lively along with his fingers, darting in-and-out with quick mixtures. Nothing extremely dramatic landed, however Pettis nonetheless walked again to his nook with a bloody nostril.
Thompson took some arduous kicks however gained the primary spherical.
Each males doubled down on their methods within the second. Thompson continued to indicate off his velocity, capturing jabs into Pettis’ face and touchdown fast kicks as Pettis superior. None of these strikes deterred Pettis although, who continued to stalk ahead and throw the leg kick at each alternative. Most notably, Pettis was chopping throughout Thompson’s waist, aiming on the again leg.
Along with the jab, Thompson’s lead leg grew simpler. The aspect kick landed to the chest extra usually, permitting Thompson to start hooking off to the face as properly. A great deal of leg kicks apart, however the combat gave the impression to be going properly for Thompson, who was touchdown at the next fee and doing lots of injury to Pettis’ face.
It ended right away (watch highlights right here).
As Thompson pushed ahead behind his aspect kick, Pettis parried it a bit previous him and bought Thompson out of place. The Karateka was nonetheless moderately far again from Pettis, so “Showtime” jumped within the air with one thing of a Superman Punch/leaping hook hybrid, catching Thompson full on the chin.
Like final weekend’s Welterweight knockout, the defeated fighter was immediately unconscious however ate just a few extra pictures on the way in which down.
It is a fascinating knockout and nice efficiency from Pettis. Maybe probably the most attention-grabbing a part of the end was simply how opportunistic it was: Pettis had not beforehand proven a technique of passing the aspect kick by and countering along with his fingers. That’s at all times the danger of aspect kicks, however Pettis instantly capitalized on a really slight opening within the largest manner potential.
It had nothing on to do along with his total recreation plan of devoted leg chopping, however I anticipate Duke Roufus had Pettis drilling for this state of affairs fairly a bit anyway.
What does an enormous Welterweight knockout imply for Anthony Pettis? Let’s be trustworthy right here, this win might make him a High 5-ranked contender, however is Pettis going to fare properly towards a fair larger class of strain wrestler like Kamaru Usman or Colby Covington? In all probability not. Let’s keep away from that by matching Pettis with a Welterweight contender unlikely to grind on him — somebody like Santiago Ponzinibbio or Jorge Masvidal.
Thompson seemed fairly sharp final evening. His kicks and jabs have been ridiculously fast, and although his legs confirmed some bruising, he didn’t but appear to be struggling any penalties from the low kicks. Previous to the appropriate hand knockout, only a few of Pettis’ punches have been touchdown in any respect.
It’s unlucky that regardless of his largely robust displaying, this loss is probably going the nail in Thompson’s coffin as a contender. The 36-year-old striker could be very deep into his fight sports activities profession, that means he’s unlikely to develop dramatically from right here. He’s now not only a win or two away from the title, as a protracted win streak is obligatory to recuperate from dropping three of 4.
Final evening, Anthony Pettis rallied within the second spherical to finish his opponent’s evening early. Who ought to Pettis face subsequent?
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