Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) entered his featherweight debut against Charles Oliveira in a must-win situation coming off three straight losses. Pettis delivered in a thrilling back-and-forth battle on Saturday at UFC on FOX 21.
Pettis did not look good on the scale for Friday’s weigh-ins. He appeared weak and looking like skin and bones, but “Showtime” hit his mark and hit Oliveira with a barrage of punches and kicks in the opening round.
In a very rare occurrence, Pettis was awarded a 10-8 score from all three judges for his display in the first round. Pettis appeared to gas in the middle period, however, but rallied to choke out the submission specialist with a guillotine choke in the third round.
The official stoppage came at 1:49 in the last frame.
After the fight, Pettis suggested that he will stay at featherweight for the time being. He didn’t call out anyone by name, but said he was in the division for “one thing and one thing only.” Conor McGregor is the division’s current champion and Jose Aldo is the interim champ.
There is a strong belief that McGregor’s days at featherweight are over, but a scrap against Aldo would still be blockbuster.
UFC on FOX 21 took place inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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