Anthony Pettis Announces Big News After UFC Fight Night Victory

Published 12/19/2020, 8:20 PM EST


Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis came out on top in the preliminary card main event for UFC Vegas 17. ‘Showtime’ defeated Alex Morono by unanimous decision across the board and is now on his first streak since 2014. The number 12 ranked fighter moved up to welterweight after a tough lightweight skid but he seems keen to make it back.

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Following his decision win, Pettis spoke out on the mic and revealed a desire to make it back down to lightweight. He is looking to chase the 155-pound strap one last time before retiring. Anthony Pettis who struggled to find stability in the latter stages of his career is finally coming into his own.

UFC welterweights: Anthony Pettis vs Alex Morono

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The bout played out as a competitive contest right from the get-go as Morono is a game adversary for anyone at 170-pounds. Chiefly, it was the final round that turned out to be the decider as Pettis showed championship level metal to pull away. Morono started off strong and threatened an RNC submission for a large section of the opening minutes.

The general consensus was a one-one split heading into the final round, as Pettis had certainly found his wits about him. The deciding factor was within Pettis’ kicking game that would end up being the undoing of Morono on the cards. ‘Showtime’ landed a spinning head kick that visibly stunned Morono, and the follow-up shots certainly brought the fight in ‘Showtime’s’ favor.

Fittingly, it’s just over a decade removed from his incredible ‘Showtime Kick’ extravaganza over Benson Henderson. Fans looked back fondly at the moment that catapulted him into stardom overnight. Moreover, the fact that he etched out a win on the merit of his kicks will certainly make his recent win sweeter. Additionally, MMA fighters had plenty to say about the former champion who also fought out his UFC contract.

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The fan-favorite fighter seemingly has one last run in him, and he’ll have to be selective about the fights he takes. With a move to lightweight on the cards, there are several match-ups that would propel him towards contention.

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However, fighters with great acumen in the grappling department could be a nightmare match-up for him given his recent scuffles on the ground.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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