UFC Fight Night 148 was a showcase of some of the best. Going up from 155 to 170 lbs, Anthony Pettis face off with Stephen Thompson’s who executed some karate moves like no other. “Wonderboy” had his success, connecting kicks that split the nose of his opponent, but at the same time, he was taking some serious kicks to the legs and body and slowly became exposed more and more as the fight went on. Then finally, with his back against the cage, Pettis surprised us with an explosive superman punch that immediately collapsed Thompson at four minutes and 55 seconds in round two.
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Pettis demonstrated why they call him “Showtime” last night at UFC Fight Night 148
So surprising was the takedown by Antony Pettis social media was abuzz
It’s early, but that will definitely be in the running for KO of the year. Superman Punch. Wonderboy doesn’t get hit like that. That was sensational.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 24, 2019
OMG!!! Anthony Pettis just knocked out Stephen Thompson via a superman punch! That's the first time Thompson has been finished in his entire career. #UFCNashville
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 24, 2019
Anthony Pettis with a damn Showtime Superman Punch to starch Wonderboy in the second. Oh my goodness that was absurd. #UFCNashville
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 24, 2019
Sometimes Mma makes no sense . Ol young Hercules Tyron Woodley couldn’t KO Thompson in 10 rounds and Mighty Mouse Pettis comes in and get it done . Awesome fight #UFCnashville
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 24, 2019
One of the craziest knockouts I've seen octagonside with my own two eyes. Wow. Anthony Pettis is reborn.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) March 24, 2019
Here's a list of (insanely talented) men who didn't do to Stephen Thompson what Anthony Pettis just did:
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 24, 2019
Also worth mention is the bout between, Curtis Blaydes dominated Justin Willis during the three rounds to win by unanimous decision by the judge scoring 30-26 and another 30-25. Even though he is in the top 10 of his division Willis had little and nothing much to offer, standing sometimes and almost totally unable to stop the onslaught of blows by this rival. The power of Blaydes was overwhelming, allowing “Razor” to drag his opponent onto the canvas which allowed him to easily control the fight. It will not be a most entertaining style, but at 28 Blaydes may not have the best style but at 28 is a promising talent with the division.
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) March 24, 2019
That was so damn good. It’s hard to be gutsy and flashy in one performance, but leave it to Anthony Pettis. Sensational finish. Knockout of the year contender. #UFCNashville
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 24, 2019
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