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Anthony Pettis vs. Shane Roller
Round 1: Both guys traded blows early and Roller went for a takedown, stuffed by Pettis. Roller was able to get Pettis down but Pettis immediately got back to his feet. Roller went for a single, and pressed Pettis against the cage. Roller went for another takedown but Pettis landed a nice straight right. Roller landed a right of his own and clinched with Pettis against the cage. Roller went for takedown but Pettis ended up on top and got back to his feet. Pettis kept coming forward and landed some nice punches. Roller went for a guillotine, but Pettis brushed it off. Roller landed a hard right and Pettis landed a high kick to the back of Roller’s head and a knee before Roller pressed Pettis against the cage. Both men clinched against the cage and Pettis hit his kick again as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 2: Roller clinched Pettis against the cage again, but Pettis broke free. Pettis landed some nice leg kicks. Roller went for a takedown again, but Pettis ended up on top. Pettis landed punches to the body. Pettis stayed in control and landed some right elbows. Roller was looking for a triangle and Pettis got up to his feet. Roller landed a big punch that rocked Pettis and was looking for blood, but Roller was able to regain his senses. Roller took Pettis to the ground and into mount, but Pettis used the cage to somersault out of it. Pettis went for a spinning back kick that Roller ducked as the round came to and end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 3: Roller shot and scored a huge takedown in the center of the cage. Pettis was going to a kimura, and then was looking for a triangle, but Roller was able to avoid it. Pettis landed a clean up kick and went to the mat, but almost ended up in a triangle from Pettis. Roller went for a guillotine, but Pettis wiggled out. Pettis managed to get back to his feet and Roller looked spent. Pettis landed a leg kick and rocked Roller with a right. Pettis then took Roller to the ground and pressed him against the cage. Rollder got back to his feet. Both men look really tired, but Pettis went for another takedown, only to find himself in a guillotine. Pettis sprung out of it and locked in a triangle, forcing Roller to tap with only 9 seconds left in the round.
Anthony Pettis defeated Shane Roller via submission (triangle choke) at 4:51 of Round 3.
After the bout, Pettis gave Roller props saying he’s never been hit that many times. He thanked his camp and then said he’s ready for the champ. He said WEC needs a new face and it’s him.
Roller said he just could never get going tonight and for some reason never felt strong tonight.