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The time has come once again for Sergio Pettis to attempt his long-awaited breakout under the brights lights of the Octagon. After a few missed opportunities in the past, Pettis will get his chance to headline an event later tonight (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he takes on surging flyweight contender Brandon Moreno.
This is not only a huge fight for “The Phenom” as he looks to burst out from behind the shadow of brother Anthony Pettis, but it’s an incredible matchup in a 125-pound division dying for fresh title challengers. Whoever is able to escape UFC Fight Night 114 later this evening will more than likely lock down the chance to fight UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, assuming “Mighty Mouse” is able to get past Ray Borg at UFC 215 on Sept. 9.
Pettis, 23, was one of the most highly-touted prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA) when he made his UFC debut back in 2013. Anthony had given the Pettis family its name in the sport and Sergio was going to take full advantage of that popularity. Unfortunately, “The Phenom” wasn’t able to push his way towards contention with a submission loss to Alex Caceres at bantamweight in 2014 and a knockout loss to Ryan Benoit at flyweight in 2015.
Now that Pettis has won three in a row he’s hoping to become the “new face” of the vastly depleted flyweight division. With youth on his side and an apparent evolution of skill fueling his recent success, Pettis could jump into title contention for the first time with a win over Moreno in Mexico City. If he’s unable to get past “Assassin Baby,” Pettis will be forced back down the flyweight ladder and have his overall potential questioned yet again heading into 2018.
It’s a hell of a lot to think about, especially considering Pettis is competing in his first UFC main event. But if the Duke Roufus protege wants to take the next step towards fighting the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet he’s going to have to come out victorious in moments like these.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.
See the entire fight card and line up here.
Pettis (15-2) entered the promotion with a ton of hype, thanks to his older brother and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan and Sergio got submitted in his sophomore effort.
Since then, “The Phenom” is 5-1 and coming off three straight wins, and finally able to step out from the shadow of his veteran brother.
“I feel like I’m growing into myself, I’m maturing as an individual and as a martial artist,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I’m feeling comfortable out there in the Octagon. In the beginning of my career, I was very timid out there. I feel like I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”
Pettis was last seen turning away former division No. 1 contender John Moraga.
Waiting for him will be the red-hot Moreno (14-3), undefeated inside the Octagon and the winner of 11 straight with eight finishes. No question the winner will move themselves one step close to a division title shot.
But will it be Pettis … or Moreno?
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
For much more on UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City click here.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) when UFC Fight Night 114: “Pettis vs. Moreno” storms Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 114 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.
Brandon Moreno has taken the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight division by storm. And this Saturday (Aug. 5, 2017), he faces a man who was supposed to do the same thing a few years ago, Sergio Pettis, headlining UFC Fight Night 114, live from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico.
In addition, another top Mexican prospect takes the stage in FOX Sports 1’s co-feature as Alexa Grasso throws down with Randa Markos, while Alan Jouban slugs it out with Niko Price one fight prior.
Those of you burned by a lack of FXX, fear not! UFC Fight Night 114’s top four “Prelims” undercard matches (check out the Fight Pass portion here) are on their usual home of FOX Sports 1.
185 lbs.: Brad Scott vs. Jack Hermansson
Brad Scott (11-4) has alternated wins and losses since falling to Robert Whittaker in The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “Smashes” final, fighting entirely in either England or Australia. His last fight saw him face countryman Scott Askham, whom he edged by split decision after injuring Askham’s leg.
“The Bear” has knocked out and submitted five opponents apiece.
Jack Hermansson (15-3) tore Askham up in his UFC debut to pick up some hype, only to fall to the resurgent Cezar “Mutante” in Nov. 2016. Returning to his home turf of Sweden, he pleased the local crowd with a ground-and-pound technical knockout of Alex Nicholson.
“The Joker” owns eight knockout wins and one via submission to strikes.
I’m still firmly on the Hermansson train. He’s got great footwork, legit power and showed a dangerous ground game against Nicholson. Scott, while gutsy and well-rounded, doesn’t appear to have answers for any of that.
Scott doesn’t have the fluidity or timing to shut down Hermansson the way Ferreira did. Without that, he’s at the mercy of Hermansson’s high-speed onslaught. “The Joker” scores his second consecutive finish midway through the second.
Prediction: Hermansson via second-round technical knockout
125 lbs.: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
Dustin Ortiz (16-7) — who opened his UFC career 3-0-1 with wins over prospects Jose Maria Tome, Ray Borg and Justin Scoggins — currently finds himself in a 1-3 slump. After scraping past the favored Zack Makovsky back in Dec. 2016, Ortiz took on headliner Brandon Moreno and, after eating a brutal head kick, suffered the first submission loss of his career.
Seven of his professional wins have come by (technical) knockout.
Hector Sandoval (14-3) jumped right into the deep end in his UFC debut, a late-notice fight with Wilson Reis that saw Sandoval submitted in 109 seconds. He has since bounced back with two straight wins, including a brutal knockout of TUF 24 alum Matt Schnell in April.
“Kid Alex” will give up three inches of height to the 5’5” Ortiz.
Sandoval’s speed, scrambling and overall athleticism are generally enough to compensate for his lack of size, but I don’t think that’s the case here. Ortiz is deceptively strong and can be vicious in transition, not to mention extremely difficult to finish. He can keep up with Sandoval on the ground and the feet, imposing his physicality to steadily deplete Sandoval’s explosiveness.
Ortiz might be a gatekeeper, but it’s still a gate Sandoval can’t cross. Ortiz spends enough time on top and does enough damage inside to take a narrow decision.
Prediction: Ortiz via split decision
145 lbs.: Enrique Briones vs. Rani Yahya
Enrique Briones (16-6-1) — a member of the inaugural TUF: “Latin America” cast — suffered arguably the season’s best knockout courtesy of a Marlon Vera upkick. “Henry Bure” went on to submit Guido Cannetti at UFC 180, but enters Saturday’s fight having lost two straight to Cody Garbrandt and Douglas Silva de Andrade.
He will have two inches each of height and reach on Saturday.
Rani Yahya (23-9) made his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut a full decade ago, but age didn’t stop him from going 7-1 (1 NC) from 2012 through 2016. The run finally hit its end in March, when he faded late against Joe Soto and ultimately lost the decision.
His 17 submission wins include four in WEC and three in UFC.
At this point, the major question of any Yahya fight is whether he’ll gas out before or after the middle of the second round. If he can’t get an early submission, the fight tends to end with a half-dead Yahya on the wrong end of an arguable 10-8. Luckily, Briones hasn’t shown himself to be the sort of grappling ace Masanori Kanehara, Michinori Tanaka and Joe Soto are. When Yahya inevitably hits an early takedown, I doubt “Henry Bure” makes it back up. The Brazilian veteran re-enters the win column with a quick submission.
Prediction: Yahya via first-round submission
135 lbs.: Jose Alberto Quinones vs. Diego Rivas
Jose Alberto Quinones (5-2) reached TUF: “Latin America” finals before falling to former victim Alejandro Perez, but bounced back with a quick submission of TUF: “Latin America” 2 runner-up Leonardo Morales in New Orleans. “El Teco” returned to action 15 months later in Hidalgo, where he survived a brutal knockdown to defeat Joey Gomez by decision.
This will be just his second fight in the last two years.
Diego Rivas (7-0) fell in the opening round of TUF: “Latin America,” missing out on the Finale but eventually joining UFC with a win over Rodolfo Perez the following February. Fifteen months later, he faced Israeli grappler Noad Lahat and — despite being on the wrong end of an arguable 10-8 first round — came back to knock him cold with a terrific flying knee.
Like Quinones, this will be just his second fight in nearly three years.
Honestly, Quinones has struck me as a solid prospect for a while. The inactivity bothers me, but he’s got solid hands and wrestling to back them up. “El Teco” is still just 27 and is training at a quality camp in Alliance MMA. Rivas, while solid on the feet, doesn’t have the takedown offense or defense to dictate the fight and will be on the wrong end of a power discrepancy. Quinones keeps him off-balance with regular takedowns before lowering the boom late in the first.
Prediction: Quinones via first-round technical knockout
Trust me, lots of these fights could turn out amazing. See you Saturday, Maniacs!
Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the FOX Sports 1 main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2017: 93-54 (1 NC)
UFC 213 injuries and medical suspensions for those athletes competing at the “Romero vs. Whittaker” pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, were released on Wednesday by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Leading the list of mandatory timeouts is middleweight “Reaper” Robert Whittaker, who racked up several weeks of mandatory vacation after hurting his leg before (and during) his victory over Yoel Romero (highlights here).
In addition, Anthony Pettis could find himself riding the pine for the next six months after banging up his right hand in a three-round unanimous decision win over the venerable Jim Miller (watch it).
That’s not all.
Full list of UFC 213 medical suspensions include:
Robert Whittaker: Requires MRI of left knee, if positive then must have clearance by orthopedic doctor or no contest until 01/04/18; minimum suspension until 08/08, no contact until 07/30
Curtis Blaydes: Requires right tibia/fibula and left chest rib series x-rayed, if positive then must be cleared by doctor or no contest until 01/04/18; minimum suspension until 08/08, no contest until 07/30
Anthony Pettis: Requires right hand x-rayed, if positive then must have orthopedic clearance or no contest until 01/04; minimum suspension until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Travis Browne: Requires left foot x-rayed, if positive then must have orthopedic clearance or no contest until 01/04; minimum suspension until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
James Bochnovic: Suspended until 09/07, no contact until 08/23
Yoel Romero: Requires left eyebrow and right scalp lacerations cleared by doctor or no contest until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Fabricio Werdum: Suspended until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Jim Miller: Suspended until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Brian Camozzi: Suspend until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Thiago Santos: Requires laceration above right eye cleared by doctor or no contest until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Jordan Mein: Requires laceration above left eye cleared by doctor or no contest until 08/23, no contact until 08/08
Daniel Omielanczuk: Suspended until 08/08, no contact until 07/30
Alexey Oleinik: Suspended until 08/08, no contact until 07/30Gerald Meerschaert: Suspended until 08/08, no contact until 07/30
Belal Muhammad: Suspended until 08/08, no contact until 07/30
Douglas Silva De Andrade: Suspended until 08/08, no contact until 07/30
Just a quick reminder: Fighters often return to action much quicker once doctors give them the green light. The lengthy suspensions are just a precaution in most cases. In addition, not all injuries are recorded during the post-fight examination and often times surface in follow-up tests.
For a complete wrap up of all the UFC 213 weekend festivities click here.