Having been shut out last year in the PFL’s lightweight tournament, former UFC and WEC champ Anthony Pettis returned to action at PFL 3 on Friday.
Starting his season a little later than the rest of the lightweight division, Pettis was paired up with Ireland’s Myles Price, a former Bellator fighter returning from an extended layoff.
Anthony Pettis, perhaps fired up in response to a rough first season in the league, went straight after Price early on Friday. Price went for Pettis’ legs, a little wild, and in a flash Price was headed down care of an uppercut.
Pettis wound up getting on top in guard. He avoided an an upkick, and got plenty of work in on top, keeping Price stacked up along the fence, looking for openings for his right hand. Later in the round, Pettis threatened to get to mount; Price managed to prevent that, and even attacked a leg, but Pettis spun out and nearly took the back. Another scramble, however, and Price slipped out the back door.
Unfortunately for Price, he then got on top — and Pettis threw up a triangle. Price was trapped, Pettis put the squeeze on, and forced the tap! After being shut out last year and putting no points on the board, Pettis earns six points towards this year’s post-season, which puts him at the top of the 155 pound division.
Official Result: Anthony Pettis def. Myles Price by submission (triangle choke), Round 1, 4:17