“I was just like, ‘Dude, I’m losing this fight. I have to do something spectacular. And it came out at the right time ”, – Sergio Pettis
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut (PRWEB)
04 December 2021
And still the champion! Monster Energy congratulates Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis on his stunning knockout victory over Kyoji Horiguchi at Bellator 272 on Friday night. In the Main Event bout at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino, the 28-year-old from Milwaukee, Wisconsin finished his opponent with a spectacular knockout in Round 4 to defend his Bellator MMA bantamweight title.
As the final event of the 2021 Bellator MMA, Bellator 272 – Pettis vs. Horiguchi was contested in front of a live audience inside the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card aired on Showtime, the Monster Energy Prelims broadcast live on YouTube.
Monster Energy’s Pettis (22-5) entered the fight as the defending champion. In May 2021, the mixed martial artist training at Roufusport MMA Academy won the Bellator MMA bantamweight championship via a decision victory over teammate Monster Energy. Juan Archuleta at the Bellator 258.
On Friday night, Pettis faced a tough challenger in former bantamweight title holder Kyoji Horiguchi (29-3). Fighting in Takasaki, Japan, the 31-year-old is the current 135-pound champion of the Rizin Fighting Federation promotion. Horiguchi had won the Bellator bantamweight title in 2019 but was forced to drop the belt due to a knee injury.
As the fight on the night’s headlines began at the Mohegan Sun, Horiguchi left no doubt that he wanted his belt back. Returning from a twelve month hiatus, the Japanese fighter put pressure on Pettis from the start, delivering damaging strikes and taking the champion to the canvas with flawless eliminations.
Pettis retaliated with a kick from the floor in the second round, opening a cut under his opponent’s right eye. But for most of the fight, Horiguchi dominated and looked set for a decisive victory, leading to striking totals by a massive 73-19 margin. The domination ended when the key fight scene unfolded in Round 4: After Pettis narrowly missed a high kick to the head of Origuchi, the reigning champion quickly fired a punch in rotation with his left which knocked out his opponent cold.
At 3:24 minutes, referee Todd Anderson stopped the main event bout with Pettis retaining his Bellator MMA bantamweight championship title. Already counted among the contenders for the ‘KO of the year’, the brutal arrival ended the season with a spectacular victory from behind.
“I was just like, ‘Dude, I’m losing this fight. I have to do something spectacular. And he came out at the right time, ”said Monster Energy’s Pettis during his 135-pound division title defense at the Bellator 272 on Friday night. “I needed to face adversity and tonight Horiguchi gave me everything.”
What’s next for Pettis? In his post-fight interview, the champion expressed his intention to resume training immediately: “I struggled to find his timing and pace. I’m only 28 and this fight has shown me that I still have a lot to work on. I’ll be back in the gym soon.
Looking ahead, Pettis will compete in the Bellator MMA eight-man World Bantamweight Grand Prix in 2022 for the 135-pound title and $ 1 million prize.
Friday night’s victory marks Pettis’ first successful Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship title defense. It is also the fifth straight MMA career victory for Pettis and the fourth overall since leaving the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to sign with Bellator in 2019. During his UFC run, Pettis had won victories against top fighters such as Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno, and John Moraga. Younger brother of former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, Pettis became a professional MMA fighter at the age of 18.
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