Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis Dominates RFA Debut
On Friday November 2nd fans filed into the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada to watch Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 and though undoubtedly many came for the main event which featured Tyson Griffin taking on fellow UFC veteran Efrain Escudero many others came or tuned in to AXStv to see the RFA debut of Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis as he looked to take on Jimmy Jones. Fans quickly learned why there has been so much buzz about the young Roufusport fighter. Accompanied with brother Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and coach Duke Roufus in his corner “The Phenom” was ready for war.
In the first round both fighters took the center of the cage and started a feeling out process which found Sergio on the wrong end of jabs from his much lengthier opponent. Though Sergio’s face was showing damage from the jabs and big right hands that Jones landed, he kept working his game plan, landing leg kicks and working some jabs of his own. “The Phenom” continued to land solid combos throughout the round and landed a flurry of strikes against the cage later in the first. However it wasn’t enough to win him the round.
In the second Sergio came out determined to press the action. While Jones kept working his jab Sergio looked to counter everything jones threw. Jones landed a couple of good shots but Sergio looked like a lion stalking his prey, cutting off the cage and keeping Jones on the defensive. Jones spent most of the round back peddling and trying to counter as Sergio put on a striking clinic. For every punch Jones threw Sergio countered with combos. Sergio hit Jones with strikes from everywhere, stuffed a take down, and threw a huge head kick, and though it was blocked, was still enough to knock Jones over. Pettis clearly took the 2nd round from Jones.
In the third both fighter looked to stand and bang, a poor decision by Jones. Though Jones stood and exchanged with Pettis, Sergio continued to out strike him. Anytime Jones attempted to take the fight to the ground, Sergio would stuff the takedown and land combos. “The Phenom” continued to showcase his striking skills throughout the round landing knees, kicks, elbows, and punches but somehow Jones was able to handle everything that was thrown his way, a true testament of how tough an opponent Sergio was up against. Late in the third Pettis landed a huge head kick that dropped Jones, Sergio quickly got in position to finish the fight but with only a few seconds left in the round Jones was saved by the bell. The fight was now in the hands of the judges who found Sergio winning it by unanimous decision.
I spoke with Sergio after his fight and this is what he had to say “Jimmy Jones was one of the toughest fights of my career thus far. He taught me a lot with this fight and my face is definitely showing that I learned my lesson. I will progress with the lesson I learned and improve so I can get closer to big show.”