Pettis: "I stayed calm and proved that I’m better than this man”

In a clash of 23-year-old flyweight contenders, Sergio Pettis survived an early scare against Brandon Moreno to pound out a five-round unanimous decision victory in the UFC Fight Night main event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday night.

“I definitely had to face some adversity. He came out there and put me in a very dangerous situation, I stayed calm and I had four more rounds to prove that I’m better than this man and I did it,” Pettis said.

Scores were 49-46 and 48-46 twice for the No. 6-ranked Pettis, now 16-2. The No. 7-ranked Moreno falls to 14-4.

After throwing a few kicks to open the fight, Moreno caught one of Pettis’ and put him on the mat. Pettis was calm on the mat, but in a scramble, Moreno was able to take his back with a little over three minutes remaining. Pettis’ defense was rock solid, but he wasn’t able to escape before the end of the round, and he went back to the corner with a cut as well.

Pettis landed two hard head kicks early in round two, but Moreno used the second one to take the Milwaukee native back to the mat. This time, Pettis was able to briefly try a triangle choke before scrambling to his feet, and his disciplined striking attack allowed him to control the majority of the frame.

In the third, Pettis began to take over in a big way, with his technical striking allowing him to tag Moreno repeatedly with hard punches and kicks while also cutting his foe over the right eye.

The fourth was more of the same, and while Moreno kept charging forward, his aggression was far from effective.

Moreno got a takedown to kick off the fifth and final round, and he kept Pettis locked up until 90 seconds remained in the fight. There was still enough time for another surge from the “Assassin Baby,” but it was Pettis who controlled the standup down the stretch and secured his victory.

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Results of UFC Fight Night 96: John Lineker vs. John Dodson

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UFC came back to Portland, Oregon on October 1, 2016 at Moda Center for 96th Fighy Night.

People react to social media about the decision that judges made for the main event. John Lineker who missed weight defeated the former two-time UFC flyweight championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller winner John Dodson by split decision in a bantamweight bout. The fight was interesting as the two exchanging. There were so much speed, chin and power seen inside the octagon.

The second fight of former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks in the octagon was opposite of his debut. Alex Oliveira who was also over weight won by TKO at 3:30 of the third round. Will Brooks was reportedly popped a rib in that first round. He was getting the back and neck multiple times and a body slam.

Newcomer Zak Ottow and Brandon Moreno made their debut a huge one. The product of The Ultimate Fighter 24 Brandon Moreno pulled off an upset against the no. 9 flyweight Luis Smolka. He submitted Louis Smolka at 2:23 of the first round. While Zak Ottow won over Josh Burkman by split decision.

Nate Marquardt, Brandon Moreno, Henrique da Silva and Curtis Blaydes all earned the POTN.

No one earned the FOTN though, but yours truly thinks the bonus should be awarded to the two Johns. Great close fight!

The offical fight card result:

Bantamweight: John Lineker def. John Dodson by split decision

Lightweight:  Alex Oliveira def Will Brooks by TKO in round 3 3:30

Welterweight:  Zak Ottow def. Josh Burkman by split decision

Flyweight:  Brandon Morena def. Louis Smolka by submission (guillotine choke) in round 1 2:23

Light heavyweight: Luis Henrique da Silva def. Joachim Christensen by submission (armbar) in round 2 4:43

Featherweight: Andre Fili def. Hacran Dias by unanimous decision

Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Walt Harris by split decision

Welterweight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Keita Nakamura by unanimous decision

Middleweight: Nate Marquardt def. Tamdan McCrory by knockout in round 2 4:44

Heavyweight:  Ion Cutelaba def. Jonathan Wilson by unanimous decision

Heavyweight: Curtis Blaydes def. Cody East by TKO in round 2 2:02

Women’s Bantamweight:  Ketlen Viera def. Kelly Faszholz by split decision