Anthony Pettis Knocks Out Stephen Thompson In UFC Nashville Main Event With Insane Superman Punch
Anthony Pettis added another incredible knockout to his collection last night when he put Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson on the deck with an insane 'Superman Punch' at UFC Nashville.
Pettis and Thompson headlined the UFC Fight Night event at the Bridgestone Arena and the main event bout did not disappoint.
The bloody war between the two was done and dusted in round two when Pettis did what he does best.
'Wonderboy' aimed a kick in his direction, Pettis blocked it and then sprung off the cage before hitting his opponent dead in the face with his take on Roman Reigns' WWE finishing move.
He pounded away at Thompson for good measure but the impact from the first maneuver did the job and the referee jumped in to bring the fight to a halt.
Pettis, having defeated yet another impressive fighter, then licked the blood off his hand in a rather bizarre but utterly frightening celebration.
Once Thompson was attended to by medics, the pair showed respect to one another after the bout.
Thompson was finished for the first time in his career and conceded after the fight that there was nothing he could have done.
"I can't believe he got me with the Superman punch," Thompson explained, per MMA Junkie.
"Golly. Superman off the cage. It was so ninja I didn't even see it coming."
What's incredible, however, is the fact that this is not even the best knockout Pettis has conjured up in his decorated career.
His nickname is '"Showtime" for a reason and the perfect example of why he's been christened with that moniker came in the final 64-seconds of WEC's famous blue cage during his fight with Benson Henderson at WEC 53 in 2010.
The two tussled out for the right be crowned as the final WEC lightweight champion and also a shot at UFC gold following the promotion absorbing into the UFC.
And in the fifth and final round, Pettis displayed spectacular innovation to ru up the side of the cage, and deliver a stunning head-kick to floor Henderson.
The Showtime Kick' was born and it remains one of the greatest moves in MMA history.