LinkRound 1 - Referee Herb Dean oversees the evening's co-main event. Roller with a few early jabs and moves into the clinch. He tries for a hip toss, but Pettis defends and moves away. Both fighters patient on the feet. Roller chases a shot across the cage. Pettis defends against the cage.Roller drops for a leg as Pettis backs away, but it's Pettis who lands a nice punch. Reset in the center, and Pettis kicks high. Roller comes back with punches and he's again into the clinch. Pettis spins away from the cage. Pettis works to top position momentarily, but Roller sweeps. Pettis scrambles away. Leaping strike blocked by Roller. Pettis pushes in. Roller pushes him away, and they reset. Hands traded briefly before Roller circles away. Spinning kick lands, and Roller looks a little wobbled. Pettis moves in, but Roller regains his composure and clinches. Pettis with a knee. Pettis drops and tosses a little Capoeira at the bell. Close round, but MMAjunkie.com sees it for Pettis, 10-9.
Round 2 - Roller again working for the takedown early. Pettis showing nice takedown defense again. Traded low kicks. Roller looks like he's going to strike for now, and Pettis adds a little zip to the low kick. Into the clinch again, and it's Pettis that sets up on top. Roller tries to snatch the neck for a moment, but it's not there. Roller hold Pettis tight underneath. Halfway in. Roller looking to escape, but it's Pettis who controls the action from the top. Pettis punching to the ribs. Roller gets his legs high, but as the triangle comes in, Pettis pulls away. On the feet, and it's Roller who scores with crushing straights. Pettis looks briefly wobbles. Roller moves into the clinch and lands a few uppercuts. One minute, and and Roller works to mount. Great sweep by Pettis as he bucks out and moves to the top. Pettis backs away and misses a spinning kick at the bell. Good action, but MMAjunkie.com sees it again for Pettis, 10-9, though it was close.
Round 3 - Roller stalking early, and he finally gets the takedown he's been hoping fr. He;s on the side, but Pettis scrambles. He can't get up, though Pettis looks for a triangle, then an armbar. Roller escapes and lands a punch before standing over his opponent. He punches into the guard, and Pettis tries again for a submission. It's threatening momentarily, butt Roller pulls out. Roller tries to secure the neck again. Pettis kicking up his legs as much as possible. Roller avoiding the attempts. Pettis finally works free and back to his feet. Two minutes left. Both fighters look winded as they start again. Roller misses an overhand right. Pettis unleashes a stiff combination of licks and punches. Pettis now moves the fight to the floor and presses Roller to the cage. Roller stands, and Petis lands a knee before backing away. Low kick for Pettis. Roller secures an arm-in choke, but Pettis rolls out of it with an amazing sweep. He works it immediately into his own triangle choke attempt in the closing seconds. It's deep, and Roller taps with just moments remaining in the fight.
Anthony Pettis def. Shane Roller via submission (triangle choke) - Round 3, 4:51.