Watch MMA ace Pettis knock Horiguchi out with ‘KO of the year’ spinning punch

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MMA star Sergio Pettis produced one of the KOs of the year as his superb spinning punch knocked Kyoji Horiguchi out of the cold.

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American Pettis averted an almost certain defeat with an unprecedented strike and it sent the commentators wild.

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Sergio Pettis knocks out Kyoji Horiguchi with a brilliant spinning back punch
Punch sends Bellator commentator wild

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Punch sends Bellator commentator wild
Pettis was far behind when he produced a fight ender out of nowhere

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Pettis was far behind when he produced a fight ender out of nowhere

Pettis was miles behind on the cards as dominant Horiguchi easily won the first three rounds on Friday night.

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But the Bantamweight struggle at Bellator 272 was turned to their head in the fourth round in three minutes and 24 seconds at the Mohegan Granthshala Arena in Connecticut, United States.

The pair got into a scuffle in quarter one and Pettis threw a high-kick.

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Horiguchi ducked under it but Pettis used his kick speed to get him into the spin and the resulting punch was completely on his opponent’s cheek.

The Japanese were immediately thrown out and spread on canvas.

Pettis went to close it with a hammer punch but his opponent went long and was pulled over by the referee.


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Speaking after the fight, Pettis said: “I was like, ‘Man, I’m losing this fight. I have to do something great.’

“And it turned out at the right time.”

Horiguchi had made 73 strikes on Pettis’ 19 before KO and also had his hand on the floor.

But Pettis struck a decisive blow and that’s all he wrote.

He continued: “I faced some adversities, and tonight Horiguchi gave me all of that.

“Man, it was hard trying to time your rhythm, try to tone down your movement, but man, I just had to unwind.

“My coaches always tell me, ‘If you open up, you’re one of the best in the world,’ and that’s what I’m insisting on.

“I’m only 28 and this fight showed me I have more work to do.”

The TV commentator seemed lost for words and said: “Are you kidding me?!”

And Fight fans online were loving it.

Brett Okamoto wrote: “Showtime Sergio Pettis???

“OMGGGGGGGGGG. It could be the end of the year. Consider the moment, the technology, its devastation. Incredible.”

And Mark Raymond called it: “Unreal.”

With the win, Pettis went 4-0 at Bellatore.

Pettis’ brother Anthony bet $10,000 on his brother, but it was cashed out when it looked like he was going to lose.

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