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UFC 197 live blog: Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza

Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza will square off at UFC 197 on Saturday night.
Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza will square off at UFC 197 on Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 197 live blog for Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pettis, who has won three of his past five fights, will face Barboza, who also has three wins in his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 197 live blog below.

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Round 1: Oh man, this match-up is fire. Herb Dean is the man in charge. No touch of gloves for this one. Both men bouncing on their heels. Feels like anything could happen here. Barboza kicks to the body. Nice step-in uppercut lands for Pettis. Barboza smacks another kick into the lead leg of Pettis. Pettis answers with a low kick of his own. Barboza tags Pettis with a left hook. And another. Pettis circles out, switches stances, then loads up into an overhand right. Pettis eats a hard right hook. Barboza continues to tag Pettis inside. They trade jabs. Spinning back kick connects to the body from Barboza. Pettis shoots in for a takedown but gets stuffed. Barboza blocks a spinning heel kick. Wild spinning kick misses from Pettis. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Barboza.

Round 2: Pettis kicks high but it's blocked. Barboza doubles up to the body. Pettis lunges inside and connects on a big uppercut. Pettis loads up with a right hand, misses, then eats a hard kick to the body as he resets. Pettis returns to the right hand and lands this time. Jumping attack from Pettis. Barboza jabs to the body, then misses a spinning back kick. Pettis paws out his left hand and circles. Barboza digs to the body with an uppercut. Pettis answers with a nice straight right. Hard leg kick from Pettis. Barboza flurries but misses. Pettis changes levels for a double but can't get it. Barboza picks at the lead leg of Pettis. Oh wow, hard kick to the body lands for Barboza. That was a loud shot. Pettis whiffs on a rolling thunder. Close round. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Barboza. (20-18 Barboza.)

Round 3: Pettis may be one round away from losing three straight, which is an incredible thought. Barboza continues to tag that lead leg. Barboza flurries then goes low again, and this time he briefly drops Pettis with a leg kick. They trade low kicks. Pettis needs some urgency here. Pettis paws out his jab, then gets CRACKED with a kick to the nuts. That one was bad. Pettis takes a moment, and we're back. Barboza unloads a huge pair of kicks to the leg and body. Barboza tags Pettis with a left hand as Pettis steps inside. Oh my god, man. Barboza is just destroying that lead leg. Pettis' thigh is purple. Forty seconds left. Barboza continues to chop down that lead leg. Pettis looks for a desperation flying knee but misses. That's a wrap. Edson Barboza just picked up the biggest win of his career. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Barboza. (30-27 Barboza.)

UFC 197 results: Edson Barboza def. Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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