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Anthony Pettis Wants Every Fight To End In Round One

When Anthony Pettis defends his newly won UFC lightweight championship, he’s going to continue his streak of finishing fights in the first round.

“I’m going to finish him just like I’ve been finishing everybody else,” said Pettis on The MMA Hour. “My goal is to knock you out in the first round. I want to finish all of the guys in the first round. That’s what I’m shooting for. I want to finish every fight. I don’t want anybody going past five minutes with me.”

Pettis’ last three bouts have ended in the opening round and the champ took lots of bonus money. He earned back-to-back Knockout of the Night honors over Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone. Then, at UFC 164 he won the belt by submitting Benson Henderson with 30 seconds left in round one.

At UFC on FOX 9, Pettis defends the title against Josh Thomson. The challenger enters off a stoppage of Nate Diaz. That goes down December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA.