Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis Knocks Wonderboy Unconscious With Superman Punch

Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis Knocks Wonderboy Unconscious With Superman Punch

Two of the best strikers in all of MMA faced off tonight as former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis faced off against former title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 148.

The bout marked the first time Pettis had competed in the welterweight class since 2008, where in his only other venture to 170lbs, Pettis knocked out 9-17 Gabe Walbridge in under a minute. However, his opponent tonight was always going to prove to be a much bigger test of Pettis’ skills in a heavier weight class.

Pettis was last seen in the Octagon engaging in what would turn out to be a fight of the year candidate back at UFC 229 against Tony Ferguson. Since then, Pettis has talked about how he feels that cutting weight in order to make the lightweight limit was adversely affecting his performances in the cage, and how he hopes the move up to welterweight will allow him to be in better condition come fight night.

Wonderboy meanwhile entered the fight looking to bounce back from a controversial decision loss to Darren Till back in July. That fight at UFC Liverpool was characterised by both combatants often appearing to be reluctant to engage, leading to a highly technical contest that the Englishman managed to sway in his favour thanks to a knockdown in the final round.

At yesterday’s weigh-ins, Pettis looked far healthier than he has in previous trips to the scale, especially compared to his brief foray down to featherweight in 2016.

With the welterweight division currently in a state of upheaval following the recent, unceremonious, dethroning of longtime king Tyron Woodley, the resurgence of Jorge Masvidal and the emergence of Ben Askren as a top talent in the UFC, the 170lb weight class is currently wide open, and both fighters tonight realised that a big win could force them directly into the title picture.