While Saturday night's PPV featured one of the most stacked main cards in recent memory, unfortunately, a number of the big named fights didn't deliver in the excitement department. However, UFC 185's undercard provided an unbelievable variety of exciting fights, with none being more exciting than Sergio Pettis vs. Ryan Benoit.
With all eyes on the Pettis boys, many expected Saturday night's fight against Ryan Benoit to be Sergio's coming out party and for the first 5 minutes it certainly looked that way. The Milwaukee native dazzled with a blend of vicious strikes and slick ground work. For the entire 1st round Pettis looked like he was on another level than his adversary but, as the second round began, things took a turn for the worse.
At the beginning of the second round Pettis came forward early, looking to build upon the solid foundations he had built in the first but there was a notable difference in Benoit. Pettis shot in for a takedown but Benoit stuffed it with ease and noticeably grew in confidence from that point onward. Another failed takedown attempt followed and then Benoit uncorked a hellacious left hook. He then followed up with a barrage of ground and pound which forced the referee to stop the fight.
Result: Ryan Benoit def. Sergio Pettis via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:34
What was the high point of the fight?
This fight had two distinct high points, Pettis' first round sweep was a beauty to behold. Infact, Pettis' whole first round performance was quite amazing, but all that came to an end in the second round when Benoit landed that beautiful left hook, which was certainly another high point.
Where do these two go from here?
It's back to the drawing board for Sergio Pettis. Since the beginning of his career he has shown such amazing talent and he will without doubt show greatness in the future. But his development as of late has been somewhat muted, which leads me to question, should he have fought longer on the regional scene before joining the UFC? Regardless, expect to see Pettis take some time out to hone his skills and lick his wounds.
Ryan Benoit must be on cloud nine right now. In all reality he was brought in as cannon fodder for Pettis to add to his resume but, to his credit, Benoit pulled off the massive upset and deserves the acclaim he is receiving. Personally, I would love to see Benoit face Patrick Holohan next.
Watch now, later, or never?
This fight is 7 minutes of back-and-forth violence that is well worth a watch. Probably one of the more exciting fights of the year thus far and will likely be talked about as one of the better come-from-behind victories in recent years.