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UFC 185 live blog: Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos

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Anthony Pettis defends his UFC title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 on Saturday night.
Anthony Pettis defends his UFC title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 on Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 185 live blog for Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Pettis, who has won five straight fights, will face dos Anjos, who has won four of his past five fights, in the main event.

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Round 1:
Dan Miragliotta will be the ref for the main event here. No touch of gloves. Intense. RDA moves in, and dekes right off, and Pettis throws a high kick -- and another. Neither get past the forearms. RDA returns fire, and initiates with several other body kicks along fence. Wow, RDA, after a body kick, lands a right hand clearly that hurt Pettis. He was rubbing his eye after. RDA came to fight. Big head kick from RDA, and Pettis along fence cowering now returns fire. RDA bringing fight right to him. Leg kick from Pettis, then a little flying knee which lands. Spinning kick from Pettis doesn't land clean. RDA still stalking in, and Pettis counters his pressure with a couple of staple-gun punches -- and another. RDA with a left hook to body, and gets clipped with left hand on the break. Body kick from Pettis. RDA moves in again and initiates; nice combo, then a right hand lands. Pettis on his bike, gets moving. Body kick from RDA, and Pettis counters up top. RDA mixing it up extremely well, coming in from different angles -- high, low. Big uppercut off a combo from Pettis, the RDA slams home a left hand. Crazy pace and pressure from RDA. Now RDA waits for Pettis to throw high and dips in for a takedown, and he gets it on fence. Pettis sitting with back to links, and RDA is trying to scoot him away from there. RDA landing knees, and now arching left hands to his ribs. Pettis able to get to his feet, but he's got RDA riding on his back. RDA lands a couple of big shots as they break. MMA Fighting scores R1 for Rafael dos Anjos, 10-9

Round 2: Pettis' eye is swollen, a little bloody. They exchange in the middle, and RDA backs up. Jab by Pettis, and a big left hand from RDA snaps Pettis' head back. Dos Anjos pushes Petts up to fence, and is looking for takedown with double underhooks. Landing knees in close, as Pettis tries to find space. Big body kick from Pettis, who still got tagged with a counter. They are throwing! Body kick from Dos Anjos, and then they stand and trade in close, with Pettis getting the better shots in. Dos Anjos swoops in for a takedown, and gets it. This time away from fence. He's posturing up and trying to find space in Pettis' guard. Pettis ties RDA's arms up and is keeping his arms locked behind RDA's head. Dos Anjos postures with his elbows providing the thrust, and he's now landing some ground and pound -- left hands. Pettis has now managed to squirm to the fence, but RDA is still on him, landing shots. There's an elbow. Pettis fishing for a submission, but can't get aligned on the Cordeiro protege. Pettis landing hammerfist from the bottom, but there's not a lot behind them. Dos Anjos now on his feet and landing big shots on the supine Pettis, before he collapses on him again and lands another. Round ends with Pettis fending off the aggressive challenger. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Dos Anjos, 10-9 (20-18 overall for RDA)

Round 3:
RDA with a body kick, and Pettis whips a return. Still, RDA is initiating the exchange. He comes in and lands another body shot, and gets out of the way of the counter. Looks like Dos Anjos got poked in the eye, and Dan Miragliotta calls time. They are back. Pettis with nice exchange, and then he follows up with huge head kick! RDA shakes it off and lands a counter, and then throws a head kick of his own (mostly blocked). Crazy action, as Pettis back pedals around the cage. Just as Pettis looks to get his range, Dos Anjos shoots in for a takedown, and once again, scores it. Starting to look pretty bleak for the lightweight champion. RDA postures, as Pettis for a moment grabs his arm for a possible sub. Pettis able to climb back to his feet, but he looks like he's having his gas tank siphoned. They stay in clinch, and RDA lands a couple. As they separate, Pettis scores wit ha nice combo -- but the aggressor is still Dos Anjos, who peppers Pettis with some chin music, and then takes him right back down. Pettis with his back to the fence, and he looks up at the clock, almost astonished. He gets up, and for his labor, gets tackled again. Some blood coming out of Dos Anjos' nose. Dos Anjos grabs Pettis's back as the champ swivels, and he lands a couple of intense hammerfists at the bell. MMA Fighting scores R3 for Dos Anjos, 10-9 (30-27 overall for RDA)

Round 4: Pettis snaps an uppercut off an exchange, but then warily backs up sensing a takedown. RDA doesn't do it, though, and instead lands a left to the body over the top. Big kick to the body from Pettis; these guys are pulverizing each other's rib cages. RDA comes in again for a takedown, and Pettis just simple can't resist him. Down he goes. RDA is working, and nearly got reversed that. But RDA coolly spins back to the top, and he's in side control. Dos Anjos looking for a kimura, and he is in full prying mode. Pettis fighting to hold on, using his other hand to hold the left on its moorings. Pettis finally able to break free of it, and crowd lets up a roar. But Dos Anjos has Pettis' back, and as RDA goes for a rear nakes, Pettis reverses. He stands and takes RDA back down. Can't stay there, but some life from Pettis. He has RDA on fence, and he's using his force to push him on links. Knees from RDA in close, but Pettis is leaning in. RDA spins him around, and down he goes. RDA turns and has Pettis ragdolled on fence, where he slips him back to mat helplessly. That's where the round is going to end, with Dos Anjos landing a big knee in the scramble, and Pettis wondering what hit him. MMA Fighting scores R4 for Dos Anjos, 10-9 (40-36 overall for Dos Anjos)

Round 5: Flying knee from Pettis to start the fifth. He still wants spectacular. RDA has landed 117 significant strikes, and he attacks the lead leg. They exchange body kicks, and as soon as they do, RDA leans his hulk into Pettis' body and drives him back into fence, cutting off the range. Suffocating. But they break, and Pettis lands a push kick. Forget that, RDA roves back into Pettis orbit and smashes him to the mat. Pettis nearly powerless to stop this, as RDA is in side control. Elbows from side control for the Brazilian, and Pettis scrambles to his knees. Problem is he gives up his back, even as he gets to his feet. Now along fence, and Pettis escapes the proximity...for the moment. Pettis trying to paste RDA from range, and he's landing, but each time he does RDA takes him down -- and that's just what happened. His ninth takedown in ten attempts. RDA postures back up, using his knee on Pettis' chest. Pettis just with no answer, and can't do anything off his back. Though here he is trying to snatch RDA's arm, looking for a finish, but with the sweat he slips off. RDA grabs Pettis' back and has the body triangle. Now he's flattening him out and trying to finish as the ten-second clacks sound. Pettis fends him off, but that's it...we will have a new lightweight champ. MMA Fighting scores R5 for Dos Anjos, 10-9 (50-45 overall for Dos Anjos)

UFC 185 official results: Rafael dos Anjos def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)