WEC 50 Live Blog: Shane Roller vs. Anthony Pettis Updates

This is the WEC 50 live blog for Shane Roller vs. Anthony Pettis, a lightweight bout on tonight's WEC on Versus card at the Pearl in Las Vegas.

The winner of Roller (8-2) vs. Pettis (9-1) could potentially be next in line for a lightweight title shot against current champion Ben Henderson.

The live blog is below.




Round 1:
Roller predictably looks for the clinch right away. Pettis stops it. Roller tries to set it up a bit more the next time with a jab, but Pettis sees it coming and defends again. Pettis backs away with a solid straight right. Roller answers with a hard overhand right, again wading in for the clinch. A scramble ensues, Pettis ends up on top and pulls free just past the midway point. Roller expected to take him down easily and it's not happening. Pettis rocks Roller with a headkick. Roller backpedals and initiates the clinch to give himself valuable recovery time. Pettis lands a knee from the clinch. Pettis lands a spinning backfist before the final horn. MMA Fighting scores it for Pettis 10-9.

Round 2: Roller fails on another takedown attempt to start the round. Frustration must be setting in. He was a three-time collegiate wrestling All-American, while Pettis didn't even wrestle in high school, and he can't take him down. In a scramble, Pettis ends up on top 1:30 in. Pettis patiently looks for offense while Roller tries to tie him up. Pettis goes to the body repeatedly. Occasionally he tries a hard overhand right, but it's more cumulative offense. Eventually, Pettis lets him free. On the restart, Roller backs Pettis up with a hard right. Roller finally gets his takedown with 50 seconds left, and he goes righ into mount. Pettis somehow reverses 10 seconds later and ends up on top. Roller looks a bit tired as the round expires. Another round for Pettis, 10-9.

Round 3: Roller digs in for a takedown, this time successful. This one is early, with plenty of time to work. Pettis uses a kimura to try to get upright. Nearly does, but stays on the ground. Pettis tries a triangle. Roller pulls free. Pettis scores with an upkick. Pettis tries another triangle, then transitions to the armbar, but can't get it. Roller tries a guillotine from the top but Pettis has no problem freeing himself. Pettis gets to his feet midway through and Roller appears out of gas. Pettis, though, is also fatigued. Pettis scored with a kick and followed with a takedown of his own with about one minute left. Very close round that's still up for grabs. Pettis moves in for the takedown and Roller tries another guillotine. This one is in tight, but Pettis wiggles free. Seconds later, he slaps on a triangle. This one is deep, and Roller taps with less than 10 seconds left.

Winner: Anthony Pettis via triangle choke submission (4:51)

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