Sergio Pettis stuns Kyoji Horiguchi with wild KO

Sergio Pettis

Sergio Pettis maintained his title on Friday night with a wild konckout over Kyoji Horiguchi. (Picture thanks to Bellator)

Sergio Pettis was having a hard time on Friday night in Connecticut.

Then, after simply one wild hit, Pettis not just went out of Bellator 272 with a win however likewise released himself into the discussion for knockout of the year.

Pettis took out an all-time knockout after he landed an ideal spinning backfist to send out Kyoji Horiguchi to the ground in the 4th round on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena — something that effectively enabled him to maintain his bantamweight title.

The knockout truly came out of no place, as Horiguchi had actually plainly taken the benefit through the very first 3 rounds of the bout. Horiguchi scored a takedown in the preliminary, and remained in complete control.

However after Pettis missed out on a head begin the 4th round, he recuperated and turned the battle around entirely in an immediate. Pettis has actually now won 5 straight battles, including his consentaneous choice win over Juan Archuleta at Bellator 258 to declare his bantamweight title in Might. 

Horiguchi was back battling in the United States for the very first time in 2019, when he won the 135-pound Bellator title prior to later needing to abandon it. The 31-year-old remained down on the canvas for rather a long time after the battle was called, and was stretchered out of the arena. He was mindful on his escape, though, and raised a fist to the crowd prior to being required to a regional healthcare facility. 

Pettis landed simply 19 strikes compared to 73 from Horiguchi in the win, and didn’t get a single effective takedown. 

In the end, however, it does not matter. Pettis took his shot and pulled it off. 

“I came out here and had to get beat up for nearly four full rounds,” Pettis stated, through CBS Sports’ Brian Campbell. “I came out and said to myself that I’m losing this fight and need to do something spectacular to turn this around … I needed to face some adversity and tonight, Horiguchi gave me all of that. I had a tough time picking up his timing and rhythm. 

“I’m just 28 and this battle revealed me that I still have a lot to work on. I will be back in the fitness center quickly.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.