Earlier than they do battle for a second time at UFC 249, watch the unique January 2013 encounter between Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
After no occasion in practically two months as a result of world coronavirus pandemic, the UFC returns on Could 9 with UFC 249. As a part of the empty-arena occasion in Jacksonville, FL, the ESPN prelims can be topped by UFC wins and finishes king Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis.
This isn’t the primary time these two have confronted off, nonetheless, as they first initially met in January 2013 at UFC on Fox 6. On the time, each males had made their method over from the WEC to the UFC within the final couple of years, due to the merger of the 2 promotions.
Now, courtesy of the UFC, battle followers can expertise this primary encounter for a restricted time.
This unique battle marked solely the fourth time Pettis competed within the UFC. After defeating Benson Henderson for the WEC light-weight championship within the closing WEC battle ever, Pettis made his Octagon debut on the TUF 13 Finale, dropping a choice to Clay Guida. He’d rebound with a choice win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136 earlier than knocking out Joe Lauzon in 81 seconds at UFC 144, incomes a Knockout of the Night time bonus.
Following this primary battle with Cerrone, Pettis defeated Henderson in a rematch at UFC 164 to win the UFC light-weight championship and had a profitable protection towards Gilbert Melendez earlier than dropping it to Rafael dos Anjos. After a short stint at featherweight, Pettis returned to light-weight earlier than attempting his hand at welterweight final 12 months — which noticed him upset Stephen Thompson earlier than dropping to Nate Diaz. Pettis, who has traded wins and losses for some time, final competed at UFC 246, getting submitted by Carlos Diego Ferreira in a light-weight bout.
In the meantime, Cerrone and his fight-as-often repute shortly made its technique to the UFC following the WEC’s finish. Cerrone entered a 13-Three (1 NC) fighter, together with his solely three losses all coming in WEC title fights. Cerrone six wins and 6 post-fight bonuses in his first seven UFC bouts, together with his solely loss in that point coming within the traditional conflict at UFC 141 with Nate Diaz.
Following this battle with Pettis, Cerrone gained 13 of 15, with each losses coming to dos Anjos, earlier than a string of losses hit him between 2017 and 2018. Cerrone acquired again to successful methods with victories over Mike Perry, Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, however he’s since misplaced three straight, getting completed by UFC 249 headliners Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, in addition to a returning Conor McGregor within the UFC 246 essential occasion.
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