UFC 141 Live Blog: Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes Updates

Nam Phan faces Jimy Hettes at UFC 141.LAS VEGAS -- This is the UFC 141 live blog for Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes, a featherweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Phan (17-9) defeated Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision at UFC 136 in October. Hettes (9-0) won his UFC debut in August, submitting Alex Caceres with a rear-naked choke.

The live blog is below.
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Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee, and after he gives the signal the fighters touch gloves and we're underway. Hettes wastes no time getting the fight to the mat with a nice takedown, but Phan scrambles up in a hurry. Hettes stays on him and puts him back down, then locks up a guillotine as Phan tries to get up again. Phan is forced to go to the ground and give Hettes the top position. Hettes releases the choke and opens up with punches. He's dribbling Phan's head off the mat like a basketball with these shots, and Phan is doing very little about it. Phan rolls to his stomach and Hettes keeps it up, but he's slowing now. Phan somehow manages to survive the assault, though he couldn't have complained if Dean had stopped it there. Hettes eats a couple punches after Phan gets to his feet, but he puts him back down without much trouble. Hettes gets mount and looks for an armbar. Phan is holding on for dear life as Hettes yanks on his arm, but eventually gives it up and finishes the round back in mount, battering Phan some more. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Hettes.

Round 2: Phan looks surprisingly recovered to start the round, though he's not without some signs of the beating. Hettes starts off with a head kick and then quickly gets the fight back to the mat. Phan rolls for a leg, perhaps looking for a heel hook or ankle lock or maybe just hoping to make Hettes think about something other than punching him in the face for a couple seconds. Hettes tries a choke but ends up giving Phan the top position for the first time in the fight. Hettes defends well from the bottom and eventually gets back to his feet and into a clinch with Phan. Phan gets away for a moment, but Hettes keeps coming and drags him back down. Phan gets up and creates space again, and this time manages a nice right hand and a knee before Hettes gets in close. Hettes tosses Phan to the mat yet again, and Phan is starting to look like he's giving up hope. Phan gets back to his feet in the final seconds, and an exhausted-looking Hettes is content to let the round tick away. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Hettes.

Round 3: Hettes is definitely looking weary to start the final round, and Phan seems eager to take advantage. He fires off some nice punch combos, but Hettes comes back with a head kick and some hooks of his own. Hettes gets back in close for another takedown, but Phan keeps gamely rising to his feet. Phan is good and bloody now, and it seems to be bothering his right eye. Hettes looks positively spent, but he still manages another takedown. Hettes looks for an arm-triangle choke, but gives it up in exchange for full mount, which he can't keep. He still keeps the pressure on from the top, battering Phan with solid elbows. Phan has taken a serious beating here tonight, but he'll make it to the final horn. It's clearly a dominant victory for Hettes, and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva can't get in the Octagon fast enough to congratulate him. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Hettes.

Jimy Hettes def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)

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