UFC 144 Results Recap: Anthony Pettis Vs. Joe Lauzon

via Esther Lin of MMAFighting.com

In the opening bout of the UFC 144 pay per view broadcast, Anthony Pettis scored a highlight reel head kick knockout over Joe Lauzon to the astonishment of the crowd. The stoppage came at 1:21 in the first round. Pettis opened the fight up with various kicks that kept Lauzon at bay before landing the fight ending kick to the head. The bout was the sixth of the evening.

Anthony Pettis landed a head kick followed by a kick to the body to open the round. Joe Lauzon responded by coming forward with punches but nothing landed with any sort of power. Pettis landed a side kick to the body and then faked a kick low before sending high. The skull crushing kick dropped Joe Lauzon and Pettis followed him to the ground with punches before the referee could stop the fight.

What was the high point of this fight?

The Anthony Pettis high kick. Joe Lauzon was not expecting Pettis to go high and was dropped with a beautiful switch kick to the head.

Where do these guys go from here?

Judging from the post-fight discussion, it is very possible that Anthony Pettis will receive the first shot at Benson Henderson's lightweight belt. The two have a history as Pettis defeated Henderson at WEC 53 to become the final WEC lightweight champion. With that victory Pettis earned a title shot which never came as he lost his UFC debut against Clay Guida. A rematch will provide Pettis a chance to shut up the naysayers who believed that his win over Benson was a fluke.

The current state of the lightweight division means that Joe Lauzon may not lose as much of a standing outside the top contenders as one would expect. The win over Melvin Guillard definitely allows him some wiggle room to reestablish himself for another shot at contendership.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Now. Like most of the fights at UFC 144, the bout between Pettis and Lauzon ended in highlight reel fashion. If you missed it, you should probably watch it as soon as possible.

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