Jimy Hettes kept his impressive win streak alive last night in Las Vegas, thoroughly dismantling veteran Nam Phan en route to a unanimous decision victory in his second UFC appearance. Hettes controlled the fight front to back, displaying some impressively intergrated Judo and jiu-jitsu along the way.
Despite his absolute dominance though, Hettes was unable to put a resilient Phan away, something that he admits was slightly daunting during the fight.
“I was wondering what it takes to put Nam Phan away. I was giving him all I could,” said Hettes post-fight. “All that went through my head was watching the Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin fight. The last thing I wanted to do was gas out and give Nam top position, or possibly end the fight. I knew I was trying to finish it, go forward, but keep a little in the gas tank, just in case.”
Hettes knew he was up against a dangerous opponent in Phan and didn’t exactly expect an early finish anyway, being well-studied on his opponent’s career. He’d been training hard to fight back from adversity, and he believes it paid dividends.
“Anytime someone watches Nam Phan’s older fights, they’re preparing for a three round war. I haven’t been past the second round, but I’ve been training five, five-minute rounds with 205ers, heavyweights 170-pounders, just so I would get that fatigued feeling and it definitely paid off today,” he said. “The one thing about Nam is, I knew I had to keep him on the defensive because if I slept on him for even one second that right hand could put me to sleep.”
Hettes beat Phan on the main card of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem, which went down last night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.