UFC 185 highlights: Rafael Dos Anjos punishes Anthony Pettis, wins UFC lightweight belt
Rafael Dos Anjos proved his detractors wrong when he easily defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision. This was a much awaited fight after the UFC 184â€™s main fight was abandoned two weeks ago.
The UFC lightweight fight was held on Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas. To be true not many thought that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be beaten by his challenger Rafael Dos Anjos. It is needless to say that Anthony Pettis has come to be known as one of the most exciting and dynamic offensive fighter in the UFC.
Nonetheless it was simply not his day and the fight that continued till the end of the fifth round was ultimately won by a better fighter today and it was Rafael Dos Anjos who emerged winner in todayâ€™s fight.
As the fight began it was actually Pettis who started on an aggressive note. But many of his aggressive shots didnâ€™t harm Dos Anjos even a bit. On the other hand the response from Dos Anjos was nothing short of devastating. After his initial volleys of kicks Dos Anjos walked Pettis down and landed huge punches by the cage. His kick that came very shortly was also devastating. He then threw a body punch and another body kick. Pettis lands a coupe nice punches but eats a few in response. Dos Anjos continues to attack the body with that kick.
The second round began on an aggressive note from Dos Anjos who moved in and looked for a takedown. But he gets a massive hard body kick from Pettis. Pettis despite bleeding near the eyecomes with powerful punches from close range. Dos Anjos gets the takedown and over Pettis with punches from the top. Dos Anjos drops occasional elbows and keeps the pressure from the top.
Round 3 too goes to Dos Anjos as he fights and fights with aplomb. In the beginning of the fight he lands a crisp straight left hand early. Pettis lands a nice head kick but Dos Anjos walks right through and hits Pettis with a solid straight punch. Dos Anjos tries and gets another takedown late and while Pettis gets up Anjos pulls him back again. Mesmerizing performance.
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