Sergio Pettis used his striking to take the starch out of a game Brandon Moreno and capture a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night Mexico.

Moreno almost finished the fight in the first round, getting Pettis to the ground and trying to lock in a rear-naked choke, but Pettis used good defence to survive until the bell. He then used pressure and strikes to keep Moreno on the defensive for most of the bout.

The judges scored the bout 49-46, 48-46, and 48-46.

In case you missed the prelims:

JORDAN RINALDI DEF ALVARO HERRERA VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:01

JOSEPH MORALES DEF ROBERTO SANCHEZ VIA SUBMISSION R1 3:56

JOSE ALBERTO QUINONEZ DEF DIEGO RIVAS VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RANI YAHYA DEF HENRY BIONES VIA SUBMISSION R1 2:01

DUSTIN ORTIZ DEF HECTOR SANDOVAL VIA KO R1 0:15

JACK HERMANSSON DEF BRAD SCOTT VIA TKO R1 3:50′

MAIN CARD

ALEJANDRO PEREZ VS ANDRE SOUKHAMTHATH

WINNER: ALEANDRO PEREZ VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEJANDRO PEREZ VIA UD

Andrews: Perez was knocked down several times early, and then stormed back with some knockdowns of his own and then used a good third round to overcome Soukhamthath, who seemed to fade. Good win for Alejandro.

SAM ALVEY VS RASHAD EVANS

WINNER: SAM ALVEY VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SAM ALVEY VIA TKO

Andrews: Sam Avley tried to fight, but this version of Rashad Evans tried to win points, turning the fight into a boring affair. Evans used his wrestling and was afraid to strike and I’m glad he lost as it’s time for him to retire if he is reduced to these kind of efforts.

MARTIN BRAVO VS HUMBERTO BANDENAY

WINNER: HUMBERTO BANDENAY VIA KO R1 0:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARTIN BRAVO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! Bandenay comes in on two weeks notice and lands a beautiful knee that put Bravo to sleep instantly. Excellent win!

ALAN JOUBAN VS NIKO PRICE

WINNER: NIKO PRICE VIA TKO R1 1:44

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NIKO PRICE VIA TKO

Andrews: Price bided his time and figured out his distance quickly, catching Jouban with a powerful counter right off a Jouban leg kick. Impressive performance by Niko.

RANDA MARKOS VS ALEXA GRASSO

WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RANDA MARKOS VIA UD

Andrews: A good fight as Grasso’s takedown defence was better and she minimized Markos’ damage when she was taken down. Her strikes were good as usual, but Markos was right there too. Hard luck for Markos.

MAIN EVENT

#6 SERGIO PETTIS VS #7 BRANDON MORENO

 

WINNER: SERGIO PETTIS VIA UD (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRANDON MORENO VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Moreno had an opportunity to finish the fight not he ground in the first round, but credit Petti with good defence. Petti then came back with strikes to take the starch out of Moreno in the late rounds. Good win for Pettis.

@kenaiandrews