Although the MMA world is looking forward to UFC on FOX 9, when Anthony Pettis will defend his title versus Josh Thomson, interesting details are still emerging about his impressive championship win. Of course, at UFC 164 on August 31st, Pettis defeated Benson Henderson for a second time, by submitting the renowned grappler with a first round, armbar.
The victory was memorable not only because of the way Pettis won the bout, but because he let go of the fight ending technique before referee Herb Dean intervened. Why did Pettis do so? In a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour“, the highlight reel striker outlined the final moments of the fight and why he knew it was done.
“The reason why I stopped is because I felt two pops,” Pettis said. “I felt his arm pop twice and I was face down and Henderson was face down also between my legs. So, that’s why Herb Dean probably didn’t hear it, but I felt two pops.”
“I felt the first pop and I knew that one wasn’t going to be enough to make him quit and once he belly downed on me, I sunk it in deep and I felt a second pop and he went into panic mode and said ‘Tap, tap tap!’ a couple of times. You know me, I just let it go and it was done there.”
It was a huge night for Pettis, and fortunately, Henderson’s arm did not incur any structural damage as a result of the armbar. It will be interesting to see if Pettis-Thomson hits the mat and for how long.
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