The top of the billing for UFC Mexico City saw the UFC’s #6 and #7 flyweights battle it out to see who will be making a Top-5 run at the reigning champ Demetrious Johnson. When the dust settled, it was the #6 Sergio Pettis that picked up the unanimous decision over the #7 Brandon Moreno. This makes 4-straight wins for Sergio Pettis, and puts him in the conversation for a shot at the UFC’s flyweight king.
Moreno caught a kick from Pettis to achieve an early takedown to start the UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno main event. Moreno transitioned to the back, and worked for a Rear-Naked Choke for the remainder of the round, but Pettis defended well.
Pettis caught a kick in the second round, but opted to not follow Moreno to the ground. Pettis landed a series of head kicks, but got taken down for his trouble. Moreno was unable to maintain top position as Pettis was able to scramble out. The momentum seemed to flow the way of Pettis as the Roufusport product was able to settle in, and get off with his strikes. Pettis really found his range in the 3rd round, as he was able to remain in striking distance a lot more effectively than he did in rounds 1 and 2. Moreno spent the bulk of the 3rd round being defensive, as he was unable to find the takedown or land nearly as much as his opponent.
Pettis picked up where he left off to begin the 4th round, but an inadvertent eye poke called a break in the action. The difference in skillsets on the feet became more apparent as the fight carried on, as Moreno was busted up, and Pettis looked relatively damage-free. Moreno blasted an early takedown to put Pettis on his back inside of the 1st minute of the final round. Control was high, but damage was low as Moreno continued with his top attack as the seconds ticked away. Moreno attempted a back take, but Pettis shucked him off to return to his feet, landing a variety of strikes down the stretch.
Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)