In a conflict of 23-yr-previous flyweight contenders, Sergio Pettis survived an early scare towards Brandon Moreno to pound out a 5-spherical unanimous determination victory within the UFC Struggle Night time most important occasion at Area Ciudad de Mexico on Saturday night time.
“I undoubtedly needed to face some adversity. He got here on the market and put me in a really harmful state of affairs, I stayed calm and I had 4 extra rounds to show that I’m higher than this man and I did it,” Pettis stated.
Scores have been forty nine-forty six and forty eight-forty six twice for the No. 6-ranked Pettis, now sixteen-2. The No. 7-ranked Moreno falls to 14-four.
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After throwing a couple of kicks to open the struggle, Moreno caught one in every of Pettis’ and put him on the mat. Pettis was calm on the mat, however in a scramble, Moreno was capable of take his again with a bit over three minutes remaining. Pettis’ protection was rock strong, however he wasn’t capable of escape earlier than the top of the spherical, and he went again to the nook with a reduce as properly.
Pettis landed two onerous head kicks early in spherical two, however Moreno used the second to take the Milwaukee native again to the mat. This time, Pettis was capable of briefly attempt a triangle choke earlier than scrambling to his ft, and his disciplined hanging assault allowed him to regulate nearly all of the body.
Within the third, Pettis started to take over in an enormous approach, together with his technical hanging permitting him to tag Moreno repeatedly with onerous punches and kicks whereas additionally chopping his foe over the proper eye.
The fourth was extra of the identical, and whereas Moreno stored charging ahead, his aggression was removed from efficient.
Moreno acquired a takedown to kick off the fifth and ultimate spherical, and he stored Pettis locked up till ninety seconds remained within the struggle. There was nonetheless sufficient time for an additional surge from the “Murderer Child,” however it was Pettis who managed the standup down the stretch and secured his victory.