Anthony Pettis has been hailed as one of the best strikers in the world. Fast, inventive, powerful. The superlatives were laid on so thickly that it became difficult to seriously contemplate a defeat for the now former lightweight champion. Much like TJ Dillashow’s title win over Renan Barao, Rafael dos Anjos’ perfect gameplan and near flawless execution befuddled the champion and Pettis lost a one-sided points decision at UFC 185 in Dallas. It completed a poor night for the Pettis family after his younger brother Sergio was knocked out on the undercard.
In the main supporting act Carla Esparza was unable to defend the women’s strawweight belt she picked up in the Ultimate Fighter house. Former World Champion kickboxer Joanna Jędrzejczyk becomes the first ever UFC champion from Europe after putting on a striking clinic against Esparza, taking the belt with a second round KO and extending her MMA record to 9-0.
In the first of today’s vines we have Ireland’s own Joseph Duffy setting down an impressive marker on his UFC debut. The last man to beat Conor McGregor, as he may be forced to legally change his name to, stopped his opponent Jake Lindsey inside the first two minutes of the fight with a slick array of strikes. The end begins with a left-head kick and Lindsey’s day is done when Duffy connects with a vicious shot to the solar-plexus. It’s early days but Duffy has the air of a man who is going places in the UFC.
Sunderland born Ross Pearson got back to winning ways with a second round KO of american Sam Stout. Described by ringside commentator Joe Rogan as one of the best left hands of Pearson’s career, the finish earned him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Some well deserved good fortune for the former TUF winner who has had some unfortunate finishes to fights over the last few years. Could this be the shot that gets the Real Deal back on the pay-per-view cards?