Sergio Pettis has been in the public eye considering the fact that he debuted in the UFC at age 20, billed as a true prospect as the little brother of Anthony Pettis.
7 yrs later, Pettis (20-5 MMA, 2- BMMA) has matured into a championship contender. A poised and comfortable Pettis cruised to victory in his first Bellator primary celebration on Friday evening, earning a unanimous choice about Ricky Bandejas in the featured bout of Bellator 242. The judges’ scores were being 30-27 throughout the board.
With the victory, Pettis is expected to get the winner of an impending fight amongst Juan Archuleta and Patchy Blend to fill the company’s vacant bantamweight title, which will be held at a day and location to be determined.
Pettis applied his video game approach from the outset. He stalked down Bandejas (13-4 MMA, 3-3 BMMA), slash off his angles, and peppered Bandejas was a sound blend of punches and kicks.
This regime recurring in the next round. Pettis’ punishing minimal kicks commenced to incorporate up, as Bandejas’ guide leg noticeably swelled up and impacted his timing. Bandejas was by no means able to maintain any offensive momentum, with Pettis utilizing deft footwork to dodge the rare instances Bandejas pushed forward.
In the 3rd, Bandejas seemed to feeling he was down on the scorecards. He landed far more often than in the initial two rounds, but in spite of that, by no means came shut to turning the tide, as Pettis if not caught to the video game system and shut matters down.
The victory, Pettis’ third in a row, was his 13th vocation choice gain. Bandejas experienced a two-battle get streak snapped and has dropped a few of his earlier 5.
The bantamweight struggle was the principal function of Bellator 242, which took area Friday at Mohegan Sunshine Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The major card airs on Paramount pursuing prelims on YouTube.
Finish Bellator 242 effects:
Sergio Pettis def. Ricky Bandejas via unanimous final decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jason Jackson def. Jordan Mein by means of unanimous conclusion (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jay Jay Wilson def. Tywan Claxton by way of split selection (27-30, 29-28, 30-27)
Aaron Pico def. Solo Hatley Jr. through submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 1, 2:10
Mark Lemminger def. Jake Smith by means of TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:46
Raufeon Stots def. Cass Bell by using submission (rear-naked choke – Spherical 3, 1:24
Ras Hylton def. Rudy Schaffroth by means of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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