Tag Archive for Pettis

Anthony Pettis released armbar on Benson Henderson after hearing his arm ‘pop twice’

Referees in professional mixed martial arts contests have the job of enforcing the rules of the contest and keeping the fighters safe. That often means saving them from themselves. Sometimes, however, that job falls on the hurt fighter’s benevolent opponent.

Such is the case with the main event from August’s UFC 164 between Anthony Pettis vs. Ben Henderson.

As we all now know, Pettis was able to snatch the title away from Henderson with a sensational firs-round armbar, but it wasn’t referee Herb Dean who called the contest off. The decision to end the contest was made by the competitor’s themselves.

“The reason why I stopped is because I felt two pops,” Pettis told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “I felt his arm pop twice and I was face down and Henderson was face down also between my legs. So, that’s why Herb Dean probably didn’t hear it, but I felt two pops.

“I felt the first pop and I knew that one wasn’t going to be enough to make him quit and once he belly downed on me, I sunk it in deep and I felt a second pop and he went into panic mode and said ‘Tap, tap tap!’ a couple of times. You know me, I just let it go and it was done there.”

Pettis believes Henderson’s arm ‘was done’ and that it’s in everyone’s best interest the fight didn’t continue. Had they stood up at some point, the new UFC lightweight champion is certain Henderson wouldn’t have been able to use it for either blocking kicks and punches or anything offensive.

As everyone saw, there were no protests from the Henderson camp when it was all said and done. Pettis believes this comes not just from an understanding from Henderson that he lost, but because they have enough respect for each other.

“Me and Ben, we both respect each other,” Pettis says. “We’re not friends. We’ll probably never be friends. We’ll probably fight each other again, but we both respect each other enough to give credit and where credit is due.

In fact, Henderson went so far as to tell Pettis later what he thought of the tough first-round submission.

“Good armbar.”

MMA Fighting – All Posts

UFC Booking Update: Sergio Pettis vs. Vaughan Lee Confirmed for UFC 167, Leites Replaces Natal Against Herman

(Sergio Pettis, shown here with the third Pettis brother nobody ever talks about. / Photo via Sherdog)

UFC officials have confirmed that the promotion’s new undefeated bantamweight acquisition Sergio Pettis will make his Octagon debut at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks (November 16th, Las Vegas) against Vaughan Lee, who you may remember from such blog posts as “Why the hell is Urijah Faber fighting Vaughan Lee?” (Luckily, that wacky matchup was just a rumor.) Lee most recently lost to Raphael Assunção by submission in June, dropping his UFC record to 2-3. But he did once win a Submission of the Night bonus for armbarring Kid Yamamoto at UFC 144. That’s not nothin’.

As for Pettis, he’ll be hunting for his 10th consecutive win overall, and his fourth of 2013. The 20-year-old “Phenom” may have been a terror on the regional circuit, but those first-time Octagon jitters can be tough on anyone. In other UFC 167 news…

Before he was drafted to play the role of Foreign Bad Guy #1 opposite Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight for the Troops 3,  Rafael Natal was scheduled to take on fellow middleweight Ed Herman on the “St. Pierre vs. Hendricks” prelims. Luckily, the UFC has found a replacement opponent for Herman, who will be staying on the UFC 167 card against veteran grappler Thales Leites.

Herman’s most recent appearance netted him a split-decision win against Trevor Smith at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga in July — his first win since February 2012. Leites was also victorious in his last UFC appearance, winning a unanimous decision against Tom Watson in his Octagon return at UFC 163 in August. Leites is on a four-fight win streak overall, including submission wins against Matt Horwich and Tor Troeng


UFC Signs Sergio Pettis; Unbeaten Prospect to Debut Against Vaughan Lee at UFC 167

Undefeated prospect Sergio Pettis will make his UFC debut next month against Vaughan Lee.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

The MMA Hour – Episode 201 – Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis, the new UFC lightweight champion, talks about life as champion and his upcoming title defense against Josh Thomson in December.

MMA Fighting – All Posts

First UFC Opponent for Sergio Pettis Nearly Finalized

Not long after news surfaced that the younger brother of Anthony Pettis, Sergio, is UFC bound, it looks like the 20 year-old has his first opponent secured. According to Globo’s Combate.com, Pettis will take on bantamweight Vaughan Lee on November 16th at UFC 167. MMA Junkie.com has also confirmed that the fighters have verbally agreed […]

The post First UFC Opponent for Sergio Pettis Nearly Finalized appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Unbeaten Sergio Pettis signs with UFC, debuts at UFC 167

No, you’re not seeing double. There are now two Pettises in the UFC.

Sergio Pettis, the 20-year-old younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, has signed with the organization.

According to a report in Brazil’s Globo, Pettis will compete at bantamweight and make his debut at UFC 167 on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas against an opponent to be named.

The Milwaukee native has been fighting professionally for two years. He’s 9-0 with three knockouts and three submissions, and he held the Resurrection Fighting Alliance flyweight title.

His most recent victory was on Sept. 28, where he scored a first-round victory via Kimura over James Porter.

MMA Fighting – All Posts

The MMA Hour with Anthony Pettis, Michael Bisping, ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, Mike Dolce, Lavar Johnson, Mike Winkeljohn

The MMA Hour is back on Monday, and we’ve got another good one lined up for you. Here’s a list of who will be stopping by and when:

1 p.m. ET — Mike Dolce, renowned nutritionist and trainer, will discuss the dangers of weight-cutting following Leandro Souza’s death last week in Brazil.

1:25 p.m. — Anthony Pettis, the new UFC lightweight champion, will talk about life as champion and his upcoming title defense against Josh Thomson in December.

1:45 p.m. — Striking coach Mike Winkeljohn will discuss Jon Jones‘ win over Alexander Gustafsson, Jones’ upcoming fight against Glover Teixeira and other comings and goings at Team Jackson-Winklejohn.

2:05 p.m. — Michael Bisping will talk about the eye injury that forced him out of next month’s fight against Mark Munoz.

2:25 p.m. — Lavar Johnson will discuss his departure from UFC and his upcoming Bellator debut against Vinicius Queiroz on Friday.

2:45 p.m. — Legendary boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini will talk about his connection to MMA.

3:05 p.m. — We’ll answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world. Hit us up on Twitter using that hash tag, leave a question in the comments section below, or give us a call. The best question will win a box of 2013 Topps UFC Finest, which is out in stores now. The suggested retail price is $ 100. Here are the official rules. For more info on the boxes, follow them @toppscards.

Plus, we’ll be taking your calls on anything and everything. Got a question or comment? Give us a call at 1-888-418-4074.

Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes: audio feed here; video feed here. Download previous episodes here. Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here.

(Editor’s note: The early part of the Mike Dolce interview will be posted later on tonight. We apologize for the tech issues).

MMA Fighting – All Posts

Anthony Pettis fought Benson Henderson with separated shoulder

With all the drama surrounding Anthony Pettis ahead of his title shot against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August, his injured knee — the one that kept him fighting Jose Aldo three weeks earlier, and ultimately served as the reason he ended up fighting Henderson — was sort of lost in the shuffle.

Turns out the small tear in his meniscus in his right knee was the least of his worries, anyway.

The newly crowned 155-pound champion Pettis, who appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, revealed that he fought Henderson while nursing a separated shoulder.

“You know what, my knee was fine, but I actually separated my shoulder two weeks before the [Henderson] fight,” Pettis said. “So, going into the fight I had a separated right shoulder. My jitz coach [Daniel Wanderley] rolled a little too hard and he slammed me on my shoulder, and I separated my shoulder two weeks before the fight.

“The last two weeks before the camp all I could do was roll really light. I couldn’t spar. For me it was just a mental thing. I’ve been through that before. It sucks that it happened two before the fight, but I wasn’t backing out of that one.”

Pettis, who finished Henderson with a stunning if unexpected first round armbar, said he wasn’t in a lot of pain on fight night, yet the shoulder gave him problems leading up. For instance, he said he had trouble sleeping on his right side because he couldn’t get comfortable with the injury.

Asked if he ever considered pulling out of the fight, which was in his hometown of Milwaukee, Pettis said that was the furthest thing from his mind.

“No, not at all,” he said. “I just told me coach I’m going to settle down the last two weeks. I mean, I had a super-long training camp. From February until August I was training and getting ready for title fights. So, I was 100 percent ready, but things happen. Every fighter can tell you, you never go into a fight 100 percent healthy.”

Pettis injured his other knee during the Henderson bout when he absorbed a low kick just below the left knee — a shot he called a “pretty effective kick that I might have to add to my arsenal.”

Similar to his right knee, the injury — which is a type-two sprain of his PCL and LCL — won’t require surgery, nor affect his Dec. 14 title defense against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento. Though he hasn’t been able to kick or wrestler yet, he says he’s been doing a lot of boxing with Duke Roufus and company.

“Hopefully, in two weeks I should be back and able to spar,” he said. “As long as I keep my rehab on point, I should be fine.”

MMA Fighting – All Posts

UFC on FOX 9: Josh Thomson understands Anthony Pettis fight could be last chance at gold

After nearly 13 years of competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), Josh Thomson will finally have the chance to earn his first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world title when he takes on current lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC on FOX 9 on Dec. 14, 2013, in Sacramento, California.

The opportunity came after T.J. Grant revealed he wouldn’t be ready to face off against “Showtime” due to the lingering effects of a concussion, which forced him out of his original title fight last month against Ben Henderson at UFC 164.

While Thomson may have received the title fight by default, that doesn’t mean the former Strikeforce lightweight kingpin isn’t deserving of the opportunity.

In fact, the 26-fight veteran say he would have been champion of the promotion way back when the sport was still in the dark ages, had it not been for the surging promotion’s decision to do away with the 155-pound weight class for a couple of years.

“The Punk” elaborates to Bleacher Report:

“My honest to God opinion is if they hadn’t gotten rid of the weight class, I probably would have been champion a long time ago in the UFC. I feel like I’ve never not been a top lightweight, but injuries have barred me from being as active as I could have been in my career. This was an opportunity that was taken from me back in 2004 when the division wasn’t carrying its own weight. Now, this opportunity is presented to me and you can bet your ass I’m going to capitalize on it.”

And as time goes on, the soon-to-be 35-year-old knows his championship fight against Pettis in “Sac-Town” could very well be his final opportunity to be a UFC champion, which is why he plans on leaving it all in the cage against one of the most dangerous and accurate strikers in the sport today.

His words:

“There is nothing after this. This is it. I’m not 27. I’ll be 35 this weekend. This is it. If I lose this fight, the chances of me having time to come back and get another title shot are pretty slim and I know that. You can bet your ass I’m going to put everything into this. I only need to be that good for one night. I can get my ass kicked every single day in training but the only thing that matters is I have to be better than him in that one night. I just need to go out there and I need to be better than him that one night. I could go out and have the shittiest camp in the world, but if I go out there and beat him on that night, that’s all that matters.”

“The Punk” made a successful return to the Octagon last April by becoming the first man to ever knock out former No. 1 contender Nate Diaz, finishing him in the second round at UFC on FOX 7.

Prior to that win, Thomson failed to reclaim his Strikeforce title by coming up short against Gilbert Melendez in what was the third and final time the former champions had met inside the cage.

Pettis, meanwhile, earned his spot as the division’s kingpin by submitting Ben Henderson in the first-round at UFC 164, after being pegged as Grant’s replacement.

And just like “Showtime” before him, Thomson plans on making the most of his unexpected opportunity as he looks to reach the pinnacle of the MMA mountain before his best days pass him by.

Can he do it?

MMAmania.com – All Posts

MMA Roundtable: Alexander Gustafsson’s chances, Thomson vs. Pettis, T.J. Grant’s future and more

In this week’s edition of the MMA Roundtable, Chuck Mindenhall and I try to figure out of Alexander Gustafsson can do anything to Jon Jones, what’s next for the seriously injured T.J. Grant, if Josh Thomson is the right substitute choice for Anthony Pettis and what’s the closest thing MMA can put together to match Mayweather vs. Canelo.

The Man in Hat has his points. I have mine. May the best one win.


1) Obviously there’s a reason they fight, and Alexander Gustafsson has a chance (blah blah blah) — but how good are his chances really of beating Jon Jones at UFC 165?

Chuck Mindenhall: It’s interesting that people’s hunches on Gustafsson are a little bolder after having seen what Chris Weidman did to Anderson Silva. In essence, Jones has acquired a sort of vicarious vulnerability, which is the fight game equivalent of saying celebrities always die in threes.

Does he have a legit chance? The UFC is selling Gustafsson’s height as something more than a novelty, and that’s the smart hawk. Gusty himself reminded everyone that he has an 81.2-inch reach, too, the better to sock Jones’ maw with. Gustafsson’s coach Eric Del Fierro told me not long ago that Gustafsson is the best striker in the 205-pound division, and he didn’t giggle afterwards or anything like that. Gustafsson kicks well. He uses spacing well. He puts a lot behind his punches.

But unless he can do those things from his back, it’s all a bunch of window dressing. Jones should be able to take this fight down to the ground at will. Once there, Gustafsson — even though he has submissions in his game — is in deep trouble. The intrigue comes from Jones’ own want of challenging himself. After hearing that Chael Sonnen’s best chance was to take Jones down for nine months heading into their fight, Jones out-wrestled the wrestler as a point of sadistic pride. Maybe he stands with Gustafsson to prove he’s the better striker (which in my mind he is). If he does that, then Gustafsson’s chances of winning go up 20 percent, bringing his overall chances to 25 percent.

Luke Thomas: I have to disagree with Chuck a little bit here. There’s nothing even remotely clever or interesting about selling Gustafsson’s height. For starters, no one cares and that angle isn’t moving the popular needle at all. Second, from a statistical perspective, height has nothing to do with success in the Octagon. It literally is not determinative at all in terms of who wins or loses.

Moving on from there, I don’t give Gustafsson much of a chance. I also don’t see any parallels between this and the Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman fight. Even if you didn’t favor Weidman’s chances, you can still definitively state there are key, large aspects of the game where he’s demonstrably better. There might be parts of striking where Gustafsson’s better than Jones, but in terms of being effective in MMA, I don’t think we can say that. And as Chuck notes, he’s going to be on his back if Jones wants to put him there.

So, as we know, anything is possible. Gustafsson can win, but I find the chances of that happening rather small.

2. Is Josh Thomson the right substitute for T.J. Grant to face Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight title?

Luke Thomas: He certainly isn’t the wrong one. In fact, he’s really the only appropriate choice the UFC could’ve made in this difficult circumstance.

The reality is a rematch with former champion Benson Henderson is undesirable from both promotional and sporting grounds. Their last fight was essentially a blowout and while not a failure at the box office or pay-per-view sales counter, it wasn’t a rousing success either. Something new is required.

As for the other potential choices, none seem better suited than Thomson. T.J. Grant is out for the foreseeable future with ongoing concussion problems. Gilbert Melendez just lost to Henderson and is tied up at UFC 166 opposite Diego Sanchez. In theory, the UFC could pull Melendez from that bout, but aside from not exactly deserving it, UFC probably wants to keep as many Latino fighters as possible to cater to Houston market demands. That leaves Gray Maynard, but he just had his doors blown off by Grant. Rafael dos Anjos is a possibility, but that’s an even worse choice for box office considerations and they’d have to bypass Thomson in the process.

In other words, the question isn’t whether Thomson is or isn’t the best call. It’s did the UFC really have any other choice but Thomson?

Chuck Mindenhall: Josh Thomson is the right choice because, like you said, everything else looks all wrong. Given the geography alone Thomson makes a certain amount of sense, too. He trains in San Jose, which isn’t too far from Sacramento. For this card the UFC is really using the regional ingredients with Michael McDonald, Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes as well. They wanted to have Pettis on the card as a showcase for national television, so why not make it against not only a lightweight with some merit, but a hometown guy who smiles as he stalks forward eating punches?

The only other guy who might have been justifiable (in the Miesha Tate book of matchmaking) is Gilbert Melendez. He lost a close decision to Benson Henderson, and — again — lives in the vicinity. He holds a small trump card in that he’s beaten Thomson a couple of times, and he did so pretty recently. But honestly, by sticking Thomson in there against Pettis you get a ridiculous fight. Both guys bring it, and for showcase purposes this feels like what lazy athletes like to refer to as a “no-brainer.”

And if Thomson wins? Hey, we could be on a fast-track to Melendez-Thomson IV, which I know everybody has been dying to see.

3. True or false: T.J. Grant will get a title shot once he returns to active competition.

Luke Thomas: I’ll say false. I won’t say emphatically or be dismissive of any possibility going forward, but the above statement is more likely to be false than it is true.

The reality is we don’t really know when Grant is coming back. His concussion symptoms don’t appear to be slight or just negligible such that he can ignore them. These are serious issues he’s dealing with and insofar as I understand it, there’s no clear, set timetable for his return. Certainly some athletes are able to deal with concussions more rapidly, but many aren’t. Being elite also has nothing to do with one’s capacity to manage these pains. Sydney Crosby, hockey’s golden child, only played 22 games in the 2011-2012 season (broken up after he started playing and had to stop again when concussion symptoms returned) is proof of that difficult reality.

And because of that reality, Grant’s chances at reclaiming his spot diminish significantly. A role as number one contender isn’t a role in perpetuity. One can only occupy it right now. The sport and UFC are constantly in motion and if you aren’t moving with it, well, you’re being left behind. New contenders emerge, champions lose belts and new champions are crowned. A fighter’s place in the pecking order, with very limited exception, is a function of where they fight relative to their peers. An inert fighter is one who is removing himself from the ecosystem of contenders, champions and active players.

Never say never, of course, but by the time Grant returns, things will be different. Maybe Gilbert Melendez shines against Diego Sanchez. Heck, maybe Josh Thomson wins a controversial decision and there’s a rematch with Pettis. Whatever happens, it won’t involve Grant. He’ll likely have to force his way back into the picture. Just like Karo Parisyan didn’t and Rashad Evans almost didn’t.

Chuck Mindenhall: “A role as number one contender isn’t a role in perpetuity.” I like that, Luke. I hope you have the heart to tell poor Jon Fitch all about it. He was a No. 1 contender for a dozen years before and after losing to GSP at UFC 87. A DOZEN YEARS. Or so it felt. And if there was one thing he was never getting, it was a second crack at GSP.

But seriously, this one definitely has the “what could have been” feel to it. Once Grant deems himself ready to go, it’ll all depend on timing and availability, and in when dealing in those dictators there are no givens. Having spoken to Grant before he ruled himself out, he had mentioned fighting either Thomson or Gilbert Melendez as a fallback option. Should Melendez get through Diego Sanchez, Grant-Melendez seems to me is the fight to make. All depends on how long he’s out. I know as of late August Grant had said that much of the nausea and depression had subsided, and that he was beginning to do some light workouts. Unless he suffered a setback that we haven’t heard about, my guess is he’ll be ready to go by January or February, and maybe Melendez’s schedule (or Sanchez’s) would jibe with that. Particularly for a February show.

What I don’t see is Grant getting that title shot when he’s ready. Not only will the roiling mass of lightweights turn up new intrigues, but there’s the Jose Aldo factor, too. Dana White likes the idea of re-booking Aldo-Pettis, particularly when he can bill it as a “superfight,” so there’s that extra little bit of confusion to deal with. Not to mention, Grant may not want to be out until April or May, which is likely when the next lightweight title fight would go down.

That’s my long-winded way of saying: False.

4) Which fight in MMA even remotely comes close to the PPV numbers that Canelo-Mayweather did? Does that fight even exist?

Chuck Mindenhall: In my mind the fight doesn’t yet exist, in part because the sport doesn’t exist for a large portion of the population. Our great grandfathers knew what boxing was. Boxing’s been around for 200 years, since Pierce Egan’s day, and well before. MMA, in the UFC-sense, is 20 years old (even if its concepts are ancient). There are plenty of people who have the vaguest notions as to what it even is.

Now, having said all that, if we’re going to break through barriers and put on a fight that attracts everyone and feels like a tipping point event in the history of the sport, it’s got to be Cain Velasquez and Jon Jones. For one, Jones is running roughshod through everyone in the 205-pound division. Him fighting at heavyweight somehow levels the playing field a little (if only imaginatively). Velasquez, if he beats Dos Santos again, would solidify himself as the greatest heavyweight the UFC has known. He’s also Mexican-American, which gets him an ounce of what Canelo Alvarez had heading into his fight with Mayweather. The idea of him and Jones colliding is fun to think about.

Would it sell over two millions PPVs? No. But no combination in MMA would. Not yet anyway.

Luke Thomas: We’ll have to see what the final numbers are, but let’s assume they’re close to Mayweather-De La Hoya, which hit the 2.5 million mark. Much to my dismay, there’s nothing that comes even remotely close to this MMA.

There are amazing fights MMA can make, to be sure. And many of those will sell quite well on pay-per-view. Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez vs. Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva and so forth. And with a stacked card underneath, a top UFC pay-per-view might be able to reach the 1.6 million buy mark UFC 100 reached.

But that’s about it and that’s a reality MMA fans have to face. The truth is Mayweather’s popularity isn’t accidental. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion either, but that’s not what I mean. His popularity is a product of his own personal success and ingenuity as a self-promoter combined with a pivotal win over Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya’s success has many ingredients, too, but he’s iconic in part because of who he is and who he represents. And what he represents is a legion of Mexican and Latino fight fans who are generationally reared to revere fight sports and their leading figures. As Chuck notes, MMA doesn’t have that yet. Not by a long shot.

There’s simply a level not just of cultural acceptance but cultural penetration MMA hasn’t hit yet. UFC and MMA don’t suffer from the feast and famine cycle boxing and has to continually work through, but they cannot match what boxing means when it means the most it can. Over time, maybe one day it will. For now, though, all we can do is wait.

MMA Fighting – All Posts