Round 1: Campuzano takes the center of the cage. Pettis circles to his left. Campuzano changes levels and takes Pettis down. Pettis looks for a guillotine choke but doesn’t have it. He stands. Pettis lands to the body. Campuzano catches a kick and takes Pettis down. Pettis scrambles to his feet. Campuzano works to take his back. Pettis turns toward him and gets free. Pettis delivers a combination. Campuzano lands a kick to the body. Pettis answers with a hard outside leg kick. Campuzano steps in with an uppercut. Pettis lands an outside leg kick. Pettis lands another outside leg kick. Pettis lands a right hand and continues to land to Campuzano’s lead leg. Pettis leaps in with a knee and Campuzano takes him down. Campuzano lands a right hand and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 2: Pettis goes right back to kicking Campuzano’s front leg. Campuzano is more aggressive than in the last round. Pettis lands a kick to the body. Campuzano answers with a right hand. Pettis secures a takedown. Campuzano tries to stand. Pettis looks for a choke but Campuzano defends the submission attempt. Pettis works to take Campuzano’s back but Campuzano gains top position. He lands a right hand. Campuzano stands and dives back in with a right hand. Pettis rolls and Campuzano takes his back. Pettis stands. He gains top position. Pettis moves to side control. Campuzano kicks him off and stands. Pettis lands a combination. Pettis delivers a knee that backs Campuzano up. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 3: Pettis lands a leg kick right away. He lands a jab followed by a kick to the body. Pettis lands a spinning kick to the body. Campuzano looks to get the fight to the ground. Pettis looks for a choke but Campuzano defends the attempt. Campuzano takes Pettis down. Campuzano lands to the body and head. Pettis works for a triangle choke. Campuzano gets out of it. Pettis scrambles back to his feet with a minute remaining in the round. Pettis lands a right hand and Campuzano looks to get the fight back to the ground. Pettis tries to take his back but Campuzano stands and gets free. Pettis secures a takedown late in the round and lands in side control. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Campuzano.
The judges scored the fight for Pettis by unanimous decision. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
“I wanted to go in there and look for the finish every second of the fight. I really was looking to make a statement out there but Will is a very tough opponent and it was an honor fighting him. I think the fight was closer than the scores indicated but I think I controlled it. I didn’t expect him to be as fast and strong as he was reacting to the takedowns. I was also very nervous considering I’m twenty years old and this was my first fight in the UFC. There were a lot of expectations since I’m Anthony’s little brother. I have a lot to prove and I just went in there and did the best I could.”
“I thought the decision was pretty biased to be honest. I was a late replacement and only got to train for three days before I had to start cutting weight. I for sure won the third round since I controlled about four and a half minutes of it and I thought the second round was a toss up. I really think I did enough to get the win.”