Anthony Pettis Scores Submission Win at WEC 50
A most-promising performance transpired at WEC 50 last Wednesday night, as Anthony Pettis gained the upper hand for not less than 14 minutes before getting Shane Roller tap out in the last nine seconds of Round 3.
Pettis’ performance scored him a submission win and a shot at the World Extreme Cagefighting 155-pound division title. His significantly improved takedown defense should not escape the eyes of keen enthusiasts at the event. Roller could not even hide his frustration when Pettis struck him with a variety of kicks.
His ground game had been laudable, as well as his ability to keep the fight standing. And, as MMA Fighting noted, “the way he finished the fight was a thing of beauty, escaping from a guillotine choke and then catching Roller in the triangle that made Roller tap at the 4:51 mark of the third.”
When the game was over, Pettis said of his competitor, “He’s a tough dude. I’ve never been hit this much in the face. So big ups to Shane.”
Now the 23-year-old is looking ahead. He said, “[Now,] I’m ready for the champ.” Although the best lightweights are pooled in the UFC, there is a fair number of athletes who can deliver good fights in the WEC lightweight division–one of these fights is Pettis vs. the current 155-pounder champ Ben Henderson. Now Pettis wants to find out where Henderson is at. WEC is likely to headline him soon with the champ in the lightweight title match.View Article Source »