||11-03-2012 01:48 AM
In the evening's first main-card contest, 19-year-old bantamweight Sergio Pettis (6-0), best known as the younger brother of former WEC champ Anthony Pettis, earned an entertaining decision win over a game Jimmy Jones (4-2).
The taller Jones landed a crisp right in the early going but kept his range and looked to work from the outside. Pettis' left eye was reddened from the work, but he remained in the pocket and looked more comfortable as the round wore on. Pettis finished the frame with a spectacular jumping spin kick, but Jones was the more efficient fighter throughout the frame.
Pettis picked up the pace in the second frame and successfully worked past Jones' reach. Jones returned fire in spurts, but it was Pettis who took complete control of the momentum and bloodied his opponent's nose.
With the fight hanging in the balance in the third frame, Pettis was again methodical in an impressive striking attack. An inadvertent kick to Jones' groin slowed things down briefly. Pettis effectively controlled the cage and rifled off punches and kicks that left Jones bloodied and retreating. A late high-kick knockdown punctuated Pettis performance and sealed him the win in an entertaining scrap.
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