Live on Pay-Per-View: Lightweights: Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis (12-2) vs. Joe ‘J-Lau’ Lauzon (20-6)
This could prove to be among the most exciting fights of the night. Pettis is a flashy fighter that took the WEC Lightweight Belt from Ben Henderson, before his UFC debut loss to Clay Guida. Lauzon has had a patchy record of late, but he has fought top-ranked fighters since his debut win over Jens Pulver in 2006. Pettis is the more balanced fighter that will likely work to keep the fight on its feet, while Lauzon will look to take him down and go for the submission. None of Lauzon’s wins have gone to decision, and sixteen of his wins were by submission. Pettis is looking to follow Henderson’s footsteps into a title shot of his own, while Lauzon has yet to get his shot. Here’s the call…
Round 1: Pettis starts the action with a high kick that Lauzon is ready for. Lauzon stalks Pettis around the octagon, throwing stray long jabs. Pettis is light in his feet, coming in with a quick combination then retreating. Pettis circles then throws a left high kick — Lauzon ducks right into it! Lauzon is instantly knocked out and Pettis finishes him off with a series of blows to the head against the canvas faster than the ref can come over to stop it at 1:21 of the first round.
After the fight, Pettis says, “… I’m coming for that title shot.” He followed up by saying he wants the winner of the Edgar vs. Henderson lightweight title fight tonight.
Winner: Pettis (KO, high kick/punches; 1:21 of the 1st round)