Round 1: Caceres moves forward, lading a kick to the body. Pettis misses with a high kick. He lands an inside leg kick. Caceres is moving along on the outside. He land a kick to the body. Pettis fires back. Caceres goes to the body with another kick. Pettis answers with an outside leg kick. They exchange right hand. Pettis lands a right hand as Caceres moved forward. Pettis lands a combination. Pettis is beginning to land more often. Caceres paws with his jab. Pettis delivers a right hand counter. Pettis moves in with a hard jab. Caceres goes back to trying to establish his jab. Pettis lands a right hand and a head kick. He lands another head kick. Pettis lands with a right hand. Caceres circles away but took it. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Pettis.
Round 2: Caceres takes the center of the cage. He moves forward and lands a kick to the body. Caceres lands a huge left hand that drops Pettis. Caceres follows him to the canvas. Peftis gets to guard and sweeps Pettis to get back to his feet. Pettis lands a right hand and misses with a high kick. Caceres rushes in with wild punches. Pettis counters with a right hand to the jaw. The pace slows. Caceres delivers a kick to the body. Caceres attempts a 360 round kick that comes up short. Pettis uncorks a head kick that lands. Caceres covers. Pettis lands to the body with a kick. Caceres returns fire with a side kick to the body. Pettis seems to have completely recovered now. He’s light on his feet again. Caceres misses with a spinning back fist. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Caceres.
Round 3: Pettis is all smiles to start the final round. Caceres is always smiling. Caceres takes the center of the cage. He lands a left hand. Pettis changes levels and takes Caceres down. Caceres looks for a kimura and uses it to get to his feet. He lands an inside leg kick. Pettis increases his output. He lands a right hand. Pettis misses with a high kick and slips. Caceres seizes the opportunity and goes to the ground with him. They scramble and get back to their feet. Caceres delivers a knee to the body. Pettis answers with a kick to the body. Caceres does a 360 round kick to the leg that lands. They exchange right hands. Pettis’ looked harder. Caceres goes to the body with a kick. Two minutes remain in the round. Caceres lands a kick to the body and Pettis counters with a right hand. They clinch. Pettis works for the takedown and ends up on the bottom. Pettis isolates a leg. He applies a heel hook but Caceres gets free. Caceres lands a couple of solid shots. He takes Pettis’ back. He applies a rear naked choke. It’s under the chin. Pettis taps out! Caceres hands Pettis his first career loss.
The official time of the submission was 4:39 of the third round.
“I knew I hurt him, but I didn’t want to get antsy. I didn’t want to rush because he is good on the ground. He’s a talented guy and he has a lot of moves and locks on the ground, so I wanted to take my time and make sure I was in good position.
“Once I escaped that heel hook and took his back, I slipped my hand under his throat and knew I had him good, and was able to submit him.”
“I am very disappointed with myself. I stuck to the game plan, but I couldn’t finish him. I promise my fans that I am going back to the gym to improve my game and get back and reload.”