Dana White: Anthony Pettis Did What Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Do Twice’

UFC President Dana White was so impressed with Anthony “Showtime” Pettis’ knockout of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson that he made an interesting point. Pettis looked great in his welterweight debut. He took his licks in round one and most of round two. However, with just five ticks left in the second frame, Pettis landed a Superman […]

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UFC President Dana White was so impressed with Anthony “Showtime” Pettis’ knockout of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson that he made an interesting point.

Pettis looked great in his welterweight debut. He took his licks in round one and most of round two. However, with just five ticks left in the second frame, Pettis landed a Superman punch on the chin of “Wonderboy”. The win adds to the mess that is the 170-pound division.

Here’s what White had to say about his newest welterweight contender’s amazing performance (via MMAFighting):

“Pettis was a +385 underdog, huge underdog. I loved his gameplan from the beginning,” White said on the ESPN+ post-fight show. “I’m assuming — I don’t know this — (coach) Duke Roufus studied ‘Wonderboy’ and the way that he jumps with his karate movement, it’s hard to block leg kicks, so he started busting up the legs early, both legs, on the outside, on the inside, to try to slow him down so he could punch with him.

“Think about this,” White continued, “Anthony Pettis, who was 155 and moved up to 170, was able to do what (Tyron) Woodley couldn’t do twice. I mean, that’s pretty impressive. And I’m not ragging on Tyron, which is going to be the thing that comes out of this, but what Pettis did tonight is unbelievable against a bigger [opponent]. Look at the size difference with these two tonight.”

Conor & Dana’s Praise

Pettis’ name began to trend on Twitter right after he cashed in as a large underdog. His highlight-reel KO was met with praise from former foe Rafael dos Anjos who tweeted that a rematch might be in order later in the year. But when Conor McGregor welcomes you into an elite MMA club, you’ve really made it.

As far as who “Showtime” will share the Octagon with next, well, it looks like he has some options.

“Listen, I like any match-up for him after what he did tonight,” White said. “Very impressive. A very impressive gameplan. He came in, he executed. ‘Wonderboy’ was busting him up in the first round, the second round. He kept his composure, stuck to [what] I’m assuming was the gameplan — I don’t know that — but he looked damn good tonight.”

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UFC’s Anthony Pettis: CM Punk Is Still At Roufusport

Anthony Pettis says former WWE star CM Punk is still training at Roufusport. Punk’s future as a member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster is unclear. The former pro wrestling star has gone 0-2 in his time under the UFC banner. He …

Anthony Pettis says former WWE star CM Punk is still training at Roufusport. Punk’s future as a member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster is unclear. The former pro wrestling star has gone 0-2 in his time under the UFC banner. He suffered a submission loss to Mickey Gall in his pro debut and […]

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Anthony Pettis Open To Conor McGregor Showdown In July

Throw in Anthony Pettis’ name for the Conor McGregor sweepstakes. Last night (March 24), Pettis made the move up to welterweight to take on Stephen Thompson. The bout headlined UFC Nashville. In the second round, Pettis nailed “Wonderboy&#8…

Throw in Anthony Pettis’ name for the Conor McGregor sweepstakes. Last night (March 24), Pettis made the move up to welterweight to take on Stephen Thompson. The bout headlined UFC Nashville. In the second round, Pettis nailed “Wonderboy” with a superman punch that put him to sleep. Pettis Responds To McGregor’s Call For An Opponent […]

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Stephen Thompson Addresses KO Loss To Anthony Pettis

Stephen Thompson addresses his latest defeat inside of the Octagon to one former UFC champion. Ex-UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis scored a second round knockout over the title contender in the headliner of UFC Nashville. This event went down on Saturday night (March 24, 2019) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on ESPN+. Following […]

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Stephen Thompson addresses his latest defeat inside of the Octagon to one former UFC champion.

Ex-UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis scored a second round knockout over the title contender in the headliner of UFC Nashville. This event went down on Saturday night (March 24, 2019) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on ESPN+.

Following this fight, Thompson had to be sent to a hospital, but that didn’t stop him from getting on social media to talk about the fight. He went live on his official Facebook page to give his reaction to the devastating finish.

“After 80 fights I’ve never been KO’d – this time by a small guy,” Thompson said (H/T to MMAJunkie). “I can’t believe he got me with the Superman punch. Golly. Superman off the cage. It was so ninja I didn’t even see it coming.”

“I was piecing him up with the jab,” Thompson said. “I was trying to break his arms with the roundhouse kick. I guess the side kicks, I switched over too much. His punches were slow. The heck? I don’t remember anything. Next thing I knew I was in the back wondering what happened.”

Thompson would add in this video that he hopes to headline the UFC’s debut in his home state of South Carolina this June. That could not happen depending on how long of a medical suspension he gets.

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Anthony Pettis Has Target Date For Conor McGregor Fight

Anthony Pettis has a target date for a potential showdown against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor. After teasing this fight, McGregor would give his reaction to Pettis’ latest win inside of the Octagon. Pettis scored a second round knockout over title contender Stephen Thompson in the headliner of UFC Nashville. This event […]

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Anthony Pettis has a target date for a potential showdown against former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor. After teasing this fight, McGregor would give his reaction to Pettis’ latest win inside of the Octagon.

Pettis scored a second round knockout over title contender Stephen Thompson in the headliner of UFC Nashville. This event went down on Saturday night (March 24, 2019) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on ESPN+.

Following the fight, while talking with the media, the former UFC lightweight champion elaborated on his desire to fight McGregor, who doesn’t have his next fight lined up.

“That’s a fun fight,” he told MMA Junkie. “(He’s) another guy that I love his style, another guy that’s going to be a fun style to fight. If he wants to do it, let’s do it. I’m not afraid to fight anybody. If it’s not him, then the next guy in line.”

Pettis already has a date in mind which is the UFC 239 pay-per-view event that goes down on July 6th as part of International Fight week in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. He also thinks this fight should be held at welterweight.

“We’re both natural, I think, there,” Pettis said. “If it’s not for a title, why cut?”

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Anthony Pettis Praises Ex-WWE Superstar CM Punk, Says He’s Still Training in MMA

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has said CM Punk is still in MMA training despite his two heavy losses in the sport and has praised his application during workouts…

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has said CM Punk is still in MMA training despite his two heavy losses in the sport and has praised his application during workouts…