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UFC 197 Fight That You Cannot Miss (Editorial)

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The return of Jon Jones is going to be something that is cannot-miss, but we already know that.

Seeing Demetrious Johnson in action is always can’t-miss television, and when you add in an Olympic gold medalist, it’s great.

But the one fight that you should not skip to go to the bathroom is Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza.

For these two, the bigger the showcase, the more memorable the finish.

The 29-year-old Pettis (18-4) is currently stuck in the first losing streak of his career, having lost decisions to Eddie Alvarez and UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos. Prior to that, he had bested Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon all via stoppages in either the first or second round.

Just to be clear, “Showtime” finished a former Strikeforce champion and UFC title contender in Melendez with a guillotine choke; locked up an armbar in the first round on Henderson, a former UFC champion who will fight for the Bellator welterweight belt later this week; ended the night of “Cowboy” with a vicious body kick; and knocked “Mr. Fight Night Bonus” Lauzon out with a head-kick.

That’s an incredible stretch, and it all happened between 2012-14 for Pettis.

He’s also scored wins over Shane Roller, Danny Castillo and Jeremy Stephens, earning 15 wins via either TKO, KO or submission.

And it’s not like his decision losses – all four of them – have been boring bouts.

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