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UFC 136: Anthony Pettis Vs. Jeremy Stephens

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III. To access our full coverage, click here.

Round 1: No glove touch between these two. Stephens fires off a one-two first which Pettis avoids and answers to with his own three-piece of straight punches. Stephens is trying to rush forward with punches and Pettis has avoided so far. Stephens with an inside leg kick. Stephens drives through and gets a takedown on Pettis, landing in full guard. Pettis looking to work a high guard. Pettis kicks him off and they get back to their feet, where Pettis lands an inside leg kick low. They briefly break, but get back to it quickly. Pettis lands a solid right hand. Pettis smacks Stephens with two very quick inside leg kicks. Stephens telegraphs a head kick in return; it’s avoided. Pettis firing off quick kicks. He switches stances and throws a head kick that barely gives Stephens the time to get his hand up. Stephens presses Pettis into the fence, looking for the takedown. Pettis defends well at first, but Stephens eventually gets him down. Pettis gets to his feet before Stephens can do anything with the position. Stephens lands a good right hand. Pettis lands a body kick. Pettis goes for a flashy kick where he springs off his hand and it barely misses. Stephens waves his finger. scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 2: Stephens lands an inside leg kick low and they take a brief break. They trade straight punches, before Pettis hits a nice double. He positions Stephens against the cage so that he can’t wall-walk. Pettis lands a big right hand glancingly and stymies Stephens’ attempts to get up, taking mount. Bleeding from the nose, Stephens is doing his best to defend from his back. He uses a kimura attempt to get to his feet, but Pettis is still all over him. Pettis lands a nice knee before dragging Stephens back down to the mat. Stephens gets back to his feet. Again, Pettis gets the takedown. Stephens gets up, but Pettis gets him right back down and takes his back with the body triangle in. He’s looking for the choke with under thirty seconds to go. Stephens gets out of the position in the closing seconds. scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Round 3: Pettis avoids a big overhand right. Stephens drives for the takedown behind a series of punches and completes it. Pettis lands a right hand from his back and looks for the triangle, eventually getting to his feet because of it. Pettis lands a nice leg kick and then goes high with it. Pettis fails on a takedown and immediately threatens to snatch Stephens’ arm. He hits a fantastic sweep form his back as Stephens stands over him, pressing his opponent into the fence. Pettis works hard for it and gets the takedown. Stephens gets to his feet, but Pettis is on him with double underhooks. They scramble and Pettis fires off a head kick before hitting the double leg. Stephens works to his feet again. Pettis goes for the trip but ends up on his back. He quickly threatens to go for an arm and eventually scrambles to his feet. Thirty seconds left and the two battle for the takedown on the fence. It’s Stephens looking to get Pettis down now. He gets him down briefly before the bell, but Pettis pops right back up. scores the round 10-9 for Pettis

Anthony Pettis defeated Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)