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Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon full fight video

Watch Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon video for Pettis’ impressive knockout win at UFC 144 on Feb. 26, 2012. It earned Knockout of the Night honors.

Pettis returns to the Octagon next Saturday night at UFC 185 as he defends his lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos.

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Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon full fight video

Watch Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon video for Pettis’ impressive knockout win at UFC 144 on Feb. 26, 2012. It earned Knockout of the Night honors.

Pettis returns to the Octagon next Saturday night at UFC 185 as he defends his lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos.

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UFC 185 fight card: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

MMA Fighting has the UFC 185 fight card for next Saturday’s Pettis vs. Dos Anjos event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

In the main event, Anthony Pettis defends his UFC lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos. Carla Esparza will defend her strawweight title against Joanna Jerdzejczyk in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC 185 results below.

Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Carla Esparza vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Johny Hendricks vs. Matt Brown
Roy Nelson vs. Alistair Overeem
Chris Cariaso vs. Henry Cejudo

Undercard (FX at 8 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson vs. Sam Stout
Elias Theodorou vs. Roger Narvaez
Daron Cruickshank vs. Beneil Dariush
Jared Rosholt vs. Josh Copeland

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit
Jake Lindsey vs. Joseph Duffy
Larissa Pacheco vs. Germaine de Randamie

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UFC 185 video preview for ‘Pettis vs. Dos Anjos’ (Extended)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently released an extended video preview for its upcoming UFC 185: “Pettis vs. Dos Anjos” pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on March 14, 2015.

The stacked mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card will feature a lightweight championship bout between reigning division kingpin Anthony Pettis and bomb-dropping Brazilian powerhouse Rafael dos Anjos, both prominently featured in the embedded video presentation above.

That’s not all.

UFC 185 will also feature Carla Esparza defending her strawweight title for the first time, as she meets Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the co-headlining bout. In addition, Johny Hendricks puts his welterweight title…

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Champ Anthony Pettis Opens as Betting Favorite Against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185

Anthony Pettis is the betting favorite over Rafael dos Anjos nearly two months ahead of their lightweight title clash at UFC 185 “Pettis vs. dos Anjos.”
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Champ Anthony Pettis Opens as Betting Favorite Against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185

Anthony Pettis is the betting favorite over Rafael dos Anjos nearly two months ahead of their lightweight title clash at UFC 185 “Pettis vs. dos Anjos.”
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Champ Anthony Pettis Opens as Betting Favorite Against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185

Anthony Pettis is the betting favorite over Rafael dos Anjos nearly two months ahead of their lightweight title clash at UFC 185 “Pettis vs. dos Anjos.”
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Champ Anthony Pettis Opens as Betting Favorite Against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185

Anthony Pettis is the betting favorite over Rafael dos Anjos nearly two months ahead of their lightweight title clash at UFC 185 “Pettis vs. dos Anjos.”
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Conor McGregor: ‘I have my eyes on’ fight with lightweight champion Anthony Pettis

Conor McGregor will have plenty on his plate against Jose Aldo in July. But another fight on his mind is one against another champion: Anthony Pettis.

The rising UFC featherweight says that moving up to lightweight is highly likely down the road. And a bout there with Pettis, the titleholder, strikes his fancy.

“I think it would be a great fight,” McGregor said during a media scrum at UFC 183. “Definitely, 155 is in my future. Anthony is phenomenal on the feet. He’s got good jiu-jitsu. I feel it would be a great fight. It’s a fight I have my eyes on.”

McGregor (17-2) challenges Aldo at UFC 189 on July 11 in Las Vegas. But he admits that cutting to 145 pounds is difficult and he doesn’t know for how long he’ll want to do it. The Irishman said during the fan Q&A before UFC 183 weigh-ins that he and Pettis are “around a similar size.” Pettis is 5-foot-10, one inch taller than McGregor.

“As I grow, 155 will be more comfortable to get to,” McGregor said. “It’ll be less stress on the body.”

“The Notorious” doesn’t think he’ll be at a disadvantage there, either. He trains at Straight Blast Gym in Dublin with UFC 170-pounders Gunnar Nelson and Cathal Pendred and does not believe he gives up a thing.

“I have no problem going right up to welterweight to be honest,” said McGregor, who is coming off a second-round TKO win over Dennis Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston. “We’ll see. I am young. I am 26 years old. We’ll see what opportunities present themselves.”

Win or lose against Aldo, McGregor has plenty of marketable fights in the featherweight division, against the likes of Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Cub Swanson. Truly, 145 is one of the deepest weight classes in all of MMA.

With that said, McGregor has said several times that his career strategy is to make as much money as quickly as he can and get out. If that means moving through the weight classes for big fights that fans want to see, McGregor will clearly be open to that.

Everything will depend on how McGregor, one of the fastest growing stars in UFC history, will fair against Aldo, who has not lost in nine years. If there’s one thing about the fast-talking, charismatic Irishman, he doesn’t lack any confidence.

“I’m gonna sprint straight for him,” McGregor said of Aldo. “I won’t give him a second. I’m gonna go in with my hands raised. I’m gonna be talking to him while I’m whooping him at the same time, the same way I do to them all.

“I’m gonna go in, I’m gonna break him. I’m gonna be on top of him from the bell. I will break Jose Aldo.”

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Anthony Pettis: I won’t ‘need more than five minutes’ to take out Rafael dos Anjos

After fighting just four times in three years, all Anthony Pettis wanted for the holidays was a quick turnaround. Luckily for him, he got his wish. After becoming the first man to finish Gilbert Melendez, and doing so in almost effortless fashion, Pettis is scheduled to once again defend his UFC lightweight title, this time against Rafael dos Anjos on March 14 at UFC 185.

And dos Anjos has already let it be known, he sees holes Pettis’ game, and he plans on bringing the belt back to Brazil.

“That’s what they all say, man,” Pettis told MMAFighting.com. “‘Cowboy’ (Cerrone) said the same thing. (Benson) Henderson said the same thing. So did Melendez. And we all saw how that ended up. So I mean, I respect that he has to talk, he has to convince himself that I have holes in my game, but I don’t know what fights he really watched besides Clay Guida to get a gameplan, and I fixed that a long time ago. Honestly, I think it’s hard to even prepare for me.

“I mean, if I was fighting myself, I wouldn’t even know what fight to watch. I haven’t shown any flaws in my game or had any bad moments in my last couple fights. So if he really believes I have holes in my game, I guess he’s going to find out the hard way that it’s definitely not true.”

It’s no hyperbole to say that dos Anjos has taken the long road to get to this spot. The streaking Brazilian has been a mainstay of the UFC’s lightweight division for seven years, fighting 17 times and competing against a cadre of big names. Only within the past few years, however, has dos Anjos truly put everything together, rattling off an impressive 8-1 record over that span with notable victories over Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson, and Nate Diaz.

The last of those wins, a one-sided unanimous decision against Diaz this past December, finally propelled dos Anjos into the number-one contender role he fills now. A steady diet of forward pressure was the key to winning that fight, and dos Anjos has stated that the same strategy will be the key to defeating Pettis.

Although in that regard, the champion disagrees.

“Everybody says that. And that’s the key with any fighter. To beat anybody, you’ve got to break their will and then you can get them to tapout or quit,” Pettis said.

“But these guys think they can pressure me, but they don’t understand that I’m a counter fighter. I’m very good at countering right now. I have a unique range, I control it, and if you’re coming at me hard, the harder you come at me, the easier it is to knock you out or hurt you. So I like that they all have that gameplan of pressure, but I mean, Melendez did the same thing. I think he’s going to be surprised when he actually feels how strong I am and how technical I am and the angles my strikes come at. It’s just different.”

It’s rare to hear the normally reserved dos Anjos say a bad word about anybody, however this time around, he’s confident enough in his chances that he recently told Brazilian media, “I knocked Ben Henderson out and I’ll do the same with Pettis.” To that, Pettis’ reply is simple: come try it.

“Benson Henderson is not even close to being on my level in striking, and neither is Rafael dos Anjos,” Pettis said. “His striking, to me, he’s a decent striker, but when I look at him I’m not afraid of his striking. His jiu-jitsu as well. His wrestling is decent. I mean, I just feel like I’m a bad match-up for him. The things that he thinks he’s good at is where I’m way better than him at.

“I’m going to finish the fight,” Pettis added. “I don’t know exactly how. My last few fights were submissions so I’m due for a knockout. But if he thinks he’s going to stand there and bang with me, then I think this fight will definitely end in a knockout, and I don’t see it going out of the first round. I mean, even though Melendez got me into the second, I actually fought that fight a little safe. Even though it didn’t go so long into the second round, I just fought it safe. I was inching along out there, but I think now I’m back at it. I don’t think I need more than five minutes to take this guy out.”

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