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WEC 48: Pettis wracks up another triangle victory

Steve Cofield
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Anthony Pettis continues to give the old guard headaches. The 23-year-old is the new breed of MMA prospects. He turned pro at 20 and has been training in all aspects of the game since he was a young teenager. Alex Karalexis is fighting father time even at just 32 years old. Karalexis competed for about three minutes in the first before the younger fighter's class began to shine through. Karalexis made it through the first but was getting nailed with kicks and was throwing punches from way out of range. Karalexis tried to turn it into a ground war in the second but got caught in a nasty triangle at 1:35 of the round in the first televised fight of WEC 48 at Arco Arena in Sacramento.

With the dominant win, Pettis moved to 9-1.

PRELIMINARY RESULTS:
Tyler Toner def. Brandon Visher via TKO (elbows) - Round 1, 2:36.
Takeya Mizugaki def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Chad Mendes def. Anthony Morrison via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 2:13.
Brad Pickett def. Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

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