Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis hasn’t been able to put on a show in his last few fights, losing three decisions in a row. Charles Oliveira started the fight with the same game plan as Pettis’ previous opponents, pressing the takedown early. When Oliveira started to gas, Pettis nearly finished him with a series of hard body kicks and brutal ground and pound.
Pettis lost momentum in the second round when Oliveira took control in the clinch and on the ground. Pettis started to get his groove back in the third round after reversing Oliveira on the ground. Pettis then defended the takedown with a guillotine choke, locked it in a finished the Brazilian submission ace, sealing a much-needed win in his featherweight debut. Here is how the fighters reacted on Twitter to the back and forth battle of attrition in the UFC on FOX 21 co-main event at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Oliveira is done.— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) August 28, 2016
Body work! #UFCVancouver— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) August 28, 2016
Pettis looking for the kills... #UFCVancouver— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) August 28, 2016
HE IS DONE!! Via Cub Swanson style!! Liver shot FTW! I'm calling it!! #UFCVancouver #Showtime— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 28, 2016
Those kicks to the body are lethal! #UFCVancouver @ShowtimePettis https://t.co/0BsztGDAuo— #UFCVancouver (@ufc) August 28, 2016
Pettis shouldnt Jiu Jitsu with this man. IMHO #UFCVancouover— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) August 28, 2016
"Don't get kicked in the ribs." - #CornermanOfTheYear— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 28, 2016
Oliveira isn't going away.— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) August 28, 2016
Damn this is a scrap. Both guys are doing some awesome stuff. #UFCVancouver— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) August 28, 2016
Hell yeaaa showtime is back #UFCVancouver— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) August 28, 2016
SHOWTIME!!!!!!! #UFCVancouver— Coach (@CMPunk) August 28, 2016
U get choked out by ur signature move congrats #AP @ufc— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) August 28, 2016
#LetsGo #ItsShowtime !! @UFC @Showtimepettis pic.twitter.com/hsah7hBeUy— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 28, 2016
Probably won't happen any time soon but I would love love love to see @TheNotoriousMMA vs @Showtimepettis— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) August 28, 2016