On Saturday night, Jan. 18, 2020, the UFC kicks off their calendar year with UFC 246. The event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by the return of Conor McGregor taking on Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout.
Kicking off the main card is an intriguing lightweight bout between former UFC champion Anthony Pettis taking on the surging Diego Ferreira. Pettis returns to the 155-pound division for the first time since October 2018 when he lost to Tony Ferguson via doctor’s stoppage in a highly entertaining bout at UFC 229. “Showtime” would move to the welterweight division and pick up a highlight reel KO win over Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville last March, before losing a unanimous decision to Nate Diaz at UFC 241.
Ferreira has been on a nice run as of late — in fact, he holds the longest UFC winning streak of any fighter on the card — winning five straight heading into the biggest bout of his 18-fight career. The 35-year-old Ferreira has wins over Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Jared Gordon, Kyle Nelson, Rustam Khabilov, and Mairbek Taisumov during his unbeaten run.
Here is how the main card opener between Anthony Pettis and Diego Ferreira went down at UFC 246, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the card, check them out right here.
They touch gloves and they get going to kick off this main card. Pettis lands a short right hand and Ferreira has a bit of an unorthodox approach early on. Ferreira shoots in and Pettis is able to separate, landing a knee to the body in the process. Ferreira partially lands a high kick, Pettis with a nice left hand. Combination lands clean by the former champion. Ferreira moves in — still unorthodox — lands a right hand. Pettis with a pair of body kicks and a counter right hand. Body kick from Diego Ferreira and ties Pettis up against the fence. He takes the back of Pettis and is able to drag Pettis to the ground with a hook in. Both hooks in now as Ferreira has over two minutes to work. Pettis spins and explodes out and gets back to his feet. Left high kick from Pettis blocked and Ferreira grabs a single leg. They battle against the fence as the final minute of the round approaches. Knees to the thighs from Ferreira, and one to the body. Pettis answers back with a knee of his own and they separate. They trade punches and Ferreira goes to the back of Pettis, eventually getting the takedown and ending up in side control. Ferreira is back to his feet and jumps back on top. Ferreira lands a pair of left hands as the horn sounds.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Ferreira
Ferreira pushing forward early and shoots a single immediately. Ferreira gets Pettis to the ground and takes his back with both hooks in. Left hand from Ferreira and transitions beautifully from position to position. Ferreira lands a pair of left hands and sinks in a choke. Pettis taps and it’s over. Ferreira limps away in victory. Impressive stuff from Ferreira who makes it six straight.
Official result: Diego Ferreira def. Anthony Pettis via submission – Round 2, 1:46
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