Anthony Pettis may have finally topped his infamous “show time Kick”.
And it appeared like it would be a long night for the prior UFC light weight champion.
But that all turned around in the closing moments of the second frame as he landed a super-man punch right on the button that put Thompson down for the count of four seconds remaining in the period.
It had been a wonderful conclusion this was Pettis’s UFC welterweight introduction and that he is currently the first fighter to knock Thompson, a two-time title challenger at 170 pounds. Adding much more drama into Pettis’s latest highlight may be that the fact that he was definitely being out-struck by Thompson until he acquired his epic blow.
After previously competing at featherweight and lightweight, Pettis was ecstatic about being paired up with Thompson.
“His ranking, No. 4 in the world,” Pettis said post-fight. “I don’t even want to resist no one behind me, especially at light weight. I was like, ‘Let’s go up. ’ the outcomes show. The burden cut has been murdering me 145, 155, today 170 I be in the top-10. I’m feeling great, but I really like it. ”
Asked to spell out his newest signature move — the one that may go down as more memorable than the off-the-cage flying kick he landed against Benson Henderson five years past — Pettis explained the events that led to the finish.
“He had been catching me together along with his jab and he knew that he’d the product range on me I had been trying to eat him with all the low kicks, believing about non kicks. I know I had been hurting his back leg and ’s the way I put the perfect hand. ”
Pettis has alternated wins and losses in his last eight fights, while Thompson falls into just 1-3-1 in his last five appearances.
With such an astonishing welterweight victory now due to his resume, Pettis appeared like that ’s open to sticking around at the branch while at the same time excited about returning to light weight.
“170 I felt good coming into the camp, the burden cut,” Pettis explained. Just a couple of names at 170.