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Jimy Hettes Did All He Could To Put Nam Phan Away

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.