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UFC on FOX 21 video recap: Pettis submits Oliveira in featherweight debut

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had a successful debut at 145-pounds, prevailing against grappling specialist Charles Oliveira by third round submission.

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Currently on a three-fight losing streak, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis decided to finally drop down to featherweight. It proved to be a wise decision as he picks up the ninth submission victory of his career against Charles Oliveira

What was the high point of the fight?

Pettis clearly had the edge on the feet, which made the grappling exchanges the most noteworthy moments of the fight. Oliveira had the advantage on the ground, being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, but Pettis showed that he could hang with one of the best grapplers in the 145-pound division.

Most interestingly, he was able to finish off the fight using one of Oliveira’s weapons of choice.

Where do these two go from here?

Pettis’ stoppage victory over a such as Oliveira sends a strong statement to the rest of the featherweight division. With the intent to stay at 145-pounds, "Showtime" can be matched up with another top-ten fighter such as Jeremy Stephens or Dennis Bermudez.

Oliveria, meanwhile, will likely drop down the rankings after his loss. He may have to fight someone below the top ten to get his name back into the mix.

Watch it now, later, never?

This was a fun fight to watch. Pettis was able to weather the storm, handling himself well during the grappling exchanges despite being in compromising positions, and grab the victory.