UFC 229: Anthony Pettis breaks hand in bloody TKO loss to Tony Ferguson

Kevin IoleCombat columnist
Tony Ferguson punches Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
Tony Ferguson punches Anthony Pettis in their lightweight bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

LAS VEGAS – Arguably the greatest second round in UFC history went Tony Ferguson’s way on Saturday in a remarkable battle with Anthony Pettis. Ferguson won by stoppage at the end of the second round when Pettis trainer Duke Roufus stopped it because he said Pettis had a broken right hand.

The fight was a remarkable display of striking from both men. They came flying at each other to begin Round 2 and Pettis cracked Ferguson with a crunching right hand, which hurt Ferguson badly. Pettis rushed after him, and ran into an elbow by Ferguson.

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Pettis was cut deeply by the left eye and blood was pouring out of it. But he continued to attack. Ferguson did a reverse somersault to try to get out of the way. The pace never lessened, as the fighters attacked each other with punches, elbows and all manner of kicks.

“No one was going to take this title from me,” shouted Ferguson, who was stripped of the interim lightweight title in April when he injured a knee.

Ferguson shouted at McGregor’s family, who were seated at ringside, and he was so animated that he spoke in a stream of consciousness manner that made little sense but kept the crowd entertained.

The second round must rank among the greatest in the sport’s history. There were several blows that could have been knockouts and the pace never slowed from beginning to end.

Pettis was as fantastic as Ferguson, though Ferguson was getting the better of most of the exchanges.

“I had a great time out there,” Pettis said. I would do it again. I broke my [expletive] hand. No excuses. Tony is a tough guy.”

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