Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, 33, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 249.” It was the Mexican-Puerto Rican mixed martial artist’s 10th victory in the MMA promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC 249” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 9, 2020. In the sixth bout of the evening, Pettis fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 37, of Broomfield, Colorado, USA in the welterweight division.
Keith Peterson served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 29-28.
In the end, Peterson raised the hand of Pettis. The Milwaukee native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Competing professionally since 2007, Pettis joined the UFC in 2011. The first nine opponents he defeated in the promotion were Cerrone, Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Charles Oliveira, Jim Miller, Michael Chiesa and Stephen Thompson.
The bout between Pettis and Cerrone at “UFC 249” was a rematch. In their first encounter at “UFC on Fox 6” in 2013, the former knocked out the latter.
Winning at “UFC 249” improved the professional MMA record of Pettis to 23 wins and 10 losses. On the other hand, Cerrone now has 36 wins, 15 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Seven countries were represented at “UFC 249” namely were Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, France, Russia, Suriname and the U.S. Pettis and Cerrone were two of the 16 representatives of the U.S.
While almost all major international sports events have been either cancelled or postponed, the UFC held “UFC 249” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 9, 2020, the U.S. listed 1,346,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 80,007 died from a disease caused by the virus and 236,825 recovered from it.