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Sergio Pettis Thrills With Win Over Jimmy Jones at RFA 4; Continues Climb Towards UFC

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Another new challenge results in another victory for Sergio Pettis. Conceding four inches to Jimmy Jones on the first televised bout of Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 in Las Vegas, "The Phenom" roared back from a slow first round securing his spot as the bantamweight division's hottest prospect.

Ultimately scoring a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), Pettis had trouble finding his reach in the first round due to Jones' advantage in the reach and height department. The Xtreme Couture fighter looked good in the first frame rapidly popping a jab that took a toll on his opponent's face.

But as it normally does, ability eventually trumped size as Pettis had his way with Jones in rounds two and three. After realizing that Jones' power wasn't a substantial threat "The Phenom" pushed the pace, worked his way inside, and routinely landed precision strikes.

Something that Pettis has shown time and again in the early portion of his career is the ability to snatch up leg kicks while instantaneously throwing the opposite hand. That maneuver worked well once again on Friday night and helped the Roufusport fighter to close the gap even more so.

Twice during the fight -- once in the second round and another time in the third -- Jones slapped his own head daring Pettis to come forward and bang. Unfortunately for Jones, Pettis obliged both times moving inside and having his way.

The biggest moment for either fighter came with just seconds left in the third round as "The Phenom" went up top with a brutal head kick knockout that looked eerily similar to his brother's kick against Joe Lauzon. The kick didn't officially end the fight, but unofficially it declared Pettis the winner.

With the victory Pettis improves his record to 6-0 and once again legitimizes his claim as the most polished teenage mixed martial artist on the planet. With four fights left on his Resurrection Fighting Alliance deal it will be interesting to see how the organization markets the young fighter and how far up he is on the card the next time out.

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