Stevie Ray has delivered on his promise to finish the former UFC Lightweight Champion inside of two rounds. Yet, I don’t think even Stevie himself saw this finish coming.
In a close fight through the first round and a half, Ray was a live betting underdog at a rate of near 3-to-1. Although the fight was close, the odds firmly had Pettis ahead. That’s until Showtime shot a takedown attempt which led to his demise.
Stevie Ray controlled the former UFC Champion for a short time, but he’d lose top position in a scramble. Usually, losing top control would demoralize a fighter, but Stevie isn’t just any fighter. Holding onto a tight body triangle and wrapping Pettis up like a pretzel, Stevie Ray forced the tap with a modified body-lock submission which was called a Twister on air.
We’ll let you decide what this is for yourself.
Anthony Pettis was in a position where a win would secure him a playoff spot. After round one, he was comfortable and confident, looking sharp as can be. Round two was more of the same, but it was also the round it all fell apart. What’s next for Showtime is yet to be seen, but it’s fair to say he’ll be hungry to get this one back.
On the other hand, many thought Stevie had bitten off more than he could chew in the lead up to this clash. Yet, Ray came through and delivered the goods on Friday night. It’s going to be fascinating to see what’s to come for Stevie Ray. The sky is the limit.
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