Pettis, who made a successful welterweight debut in March with a KO of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, faces Diaz, who is competing for the first time since losing a majority decision to Conor McGregor back in August 2016, in the co-main event.
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Round 1: Mike Beltran is the third man in the cage tonight. Diaz starts off pressuring and Pettis is moving away. Good front kick from Diaz lands. Petts lands a check right hook as Diaz comes in. Counter right hand lands for Diaz again. Nate doesn’t look to be showing much rust. Diaz lands a few good shots as he closes in but Pettis clips him. Diaz is now clinching Pettis against the fence but can’t do much. Pettis pivots and lands a great right hook to the body. Pettis ready to counter, Diaz now letting Pettis come to him. High kick from Pettis lands lightly. Diaz returns to the pressure and forces a clinch again. Pettis eventually gets free and Diaz lands a sharp right hand that has him feeling himself. Pettis is trying to land big counters but that may not be a productive strategy against a guy as tough as Diaz. Diaz shoots in and Pettis lands a good knee. Diaz gets the takedown but Pettis has a guillotine. Nate gets out and is now trying to work from full guard. Diaz is posturing and getting some shots in. Pettis rolls and gives up his back. Now Nate is in full mount. Pettis shrimps but Diaz is clearly in control on the floor. He retakes the back. The round ends with Nate on Pettis’ back.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Diaz.