Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis Full Fight Video

UFC 144 took place February 25, 2012 from Tokyo, Japan. The card featured a lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis.

Lauzon is a long time veteran who has been a part of the UFC since 2006. He’s largely known for his submission game but is also a good striker as well. He was coming off two back to back victories over Melvin Guillard and Curt Warburton, finishing both opponents by submission in round 1.

Pettis entered the UFC in 2011, coming over from the now defunct WEC organization. Before the WEC shutdown Pettis had defeated Ben Henderson to become the lightweight champion. His highlight reel “showtime kick” to Ben Henderson was known by MMA fans all over the world. He is a very well rounded fighter with great submission skills as well as dynamic striking abilities. In his last fight at UFC 136 he got the unanimous decision over solid fighter Jeremy Stephens.

Lauzon was never known to be in a boring fight and this would be a big step up for Pettis if he could defeat Joe. Lauzon was ready to get a title shot and a victory over Pettis would move him one step closer to realizing his goal.

Round 1:  Both fighters come to the center. Lauzon keeps his hands high while Pettis hands are at his sides. They circle briefly, and Pettis immediately throws a fast kick to Lauzon’s body. Joe backs up a step then re-engages. Joe moves forward throwing a couple of feeler jabs, then Pettis throws and lands a quick leg kick.

Pettis circles on the outside while Joe moves forward. Lauzon attempts a couple of jabs and Pettis moves away. Joe continues to press forward while Pettis circles sideways with his hands down at his sides. Joe rushes in throwing 3 or 4 punches, but none really hit the target and Pettis circles away.

Pettis sticks out a jab and follows it up with a one, two combo. Lauzon blocks it and Pettis backs away. Joe comes forward with another one, two punch attempt but Anthony sidesteps and moves away. Pettis moves forward after throwing a quick jab and throws 3 or 4 more punches that Joe blocks mostly with his gloves.

Pettis turns his body sideways while Joe is moving forward and Pettis throws a side kick that lands slightly to Lauzon’s body. Joe brushes it off and continues moving forward, stalking Pettis. Pettis throws jabs to Joe’s face, hoping to keep the distance between them but Lauzon keeps plodding forward.

Joe rushes forward again, throwing another 3 punch combo. Pettis blocks the shots while circling away. Joe follows him and Pettis turns sideways to land a side kick to Lauzon’s upper thigh. Joe takes it and continues pressing forward. Pettis continues to circle on the outside while Joe presses forward. Pettis throws a couple of light jabs to close the distance, and throws a wicked high kick that catches Lauzon right in the face. Lauzon’s body drops to the canvas immediately, and Pettis follows up with 3 unanswered shots that makes the referee come in and stop the fight. Anthony Pettis defeats Joe Lauzon by KO in round 1.

Updates on UFC Featherweight Championships

Anthony Pettis gets his New Year’s wish and that is to fight Jose Aldo, featherweight champion. Their much-awaited fight will happen in August 3, 2013 however there are no details of the venue and other matches that will be held for that event.

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has been keen on losing weight for this event. From lightweight, he will need to train and diet to be fit and trim for featherweight; and since this event is months away, developments of his weight loss and training will surely be news on every MMA site.

Dropping from lightweight to flyweight is no small undertaking; many fighters have made this cut but managed to fail in the end. Pettis was expected to challenge the winner of the April 20 Benson Henderson versus Gilbert Melendez fight but it seems that UFC and Showtime has other plans for the determined fighter. He will have to diet, make strict cuts on his training and be confident to make his debut. But Pettis is confident that he is ready for this challenge; fresh from his three consecutive victories against Donald Cerrone, Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, “Showtime” is now ready to make this switch.

Pettis has 16 wins and only 2 losses in his professional MMA career. His last victory was against Donald Cerrone in January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6 Johnson versus Dodson. Pettis has managed to kick Cerrone’s chance to capture a win in just 2 minutes and 35 seconds of round 1. His win over Joe Lauzon was another KO moment as Pettis gave Lauzon terrible kicks and punches to the body in just a minute and 21 seconds of round 1. This momentous win was at UFC 144 Edgar versus Henderson in last February 26, 2012.

On the other hand, Jose “Scarface” Aldo is a fighter to beat at 22 wins and only 1 loss. This fantastic fighter from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil has been unbeatable since May 2006 with a 15 winning streak. His most recent win was over Frankie Edgar on February 2, 2013 at UFC Aldo versus Edgar via unanimous decision. Scarface’s only loss was in the hands of Luciano Azevedo in Jungle Fight 5 in November 2005 via submission.

The Aldo versus Pettis bout is just one of the magnificent fights to look forward to at the UFC Featherweight Championships in August. More featherweight fighter action will surely be co headliners for this impressive event.

Pettis vs Aldo, Josh Barnett rejects UFC, Vitor on TRT, and TUF 17

Anthony Pettis was quickly granted his wish to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Dana White confirmed that the two will meet on August 3rd of this year for the UFC Featherweight Championship. So where does this leave Frankie Edgar who has decided that he will not rejoin the ranks of the UFC’s Lightweights.

The UFC offered Josh Barnett a contract, but Barnetts manager says they rejected the offer. When asked was it a money issue, Barnett’s manager was quoted as saying “The compensation part of the contract was fine, we didn’t even counter it. It was another particular that kept it from happening”. It makes it wonder if it could be some type of clause that deals with PED’s.

Speaking of PEDS. I wonder if Michael Bisping was aware that his opponent Vitor Belfort had the green light on taking TRT prior to their bout last month. Well he did, and it’s just another example of how uneven the UFC’s playing field is becoming.

On the third episode of TUF 17, Urijah Hall scored a devastating knockout over his opponent, one that I’m sure everyone in that house will remember. Furthermore he propelled Team Sonnen to 2-0, and once again in control of the next pick.