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So Why Did Anthony Pettis Let up at UFC 164?

Anthony Pettis

It’s been over a month now since Anthony Pettis surprised many throughout the MMA world, not necessarily by defeating Benson Henderson (he had done so before),  but by submitting the BJJ Black Belt. The impressive win at UFC 164 handed Pettis the lightweight championship, and he’ll look to defend the belt versus Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9.

If you recall the August 31st bout, Pettis had already let go of the fight ending armbar before referee Herb Dean was forced to intervene. So why did Pettis do so? Considering fighters are instructed to continue fighting until the ref calls the bout? While speaking on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour“, Pettis described the final moments of the memorable scrap.

“The reason why I stopped is because I felt two pops,” Pettis said “I felt his arm pop twice and I was face down and Henderson was face down also between my legs. So, that’s why Herb Dean probably didn’t hear it, but I felt two pops.”

“I felt the first pop and I knew that one wasn’t going to be enough to make him quit and once he belly downed on me, I sunk it in deep and I felt a second pop and he went into panic mode and said ‘Tap, tap tap!’ a couple of times. You know me, I just let it go and it was done there.”

Thankfully it was revealed a few days after the fight that Henderson did not incur any structural damage to his arm.

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