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UFC 144 Live Blog: Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis Updates

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting | Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon will battle in the main card of UFC 144 on Saturday night.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting | Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon will battle in the main card of UFC 144 on Saturday night.

SAITAMA -- This is the UFC 144 live blog for Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis, a lightweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the Saitama Super Arena.

Lauzon (21-6) is on a two-fight win streak and coming off a 47-second submission win over Melvin Guillard. Pettis (14-2) defeated Jeremy Stephens last October at UFC 136 by split decision.

Follow the live blog below.


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Round 1: Pettis comes out southpaw, scoring with a body kick right off the bat. Lauzon moves in with a combo, and Pettis deflects the shots, then comes forward with a series of his own. Pettis lands a left high kick out of nowhere that lands on the jaw and knocks Lauzon down. Pettis with a few strikes from the top, and it's a wrap.

Winner: Anthony Pettis via KO, Rd. 1 (1:21)

Afterward, Pettis says he wants to fight for the title. That may be a bit premature, but it was certainly an impressive win against a very tough, durable opponent.