Jim Hettes defeats Nam Phan by Unanimous Decision. The judges scored the fight 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26.
Nam Phan came out looking to establish his boxing and was quickly taken down by Jim Hettes. Nam hip escaped and then wall walked back to his feet only to get dragged down to the ground with a one arm guillotine. Hettes opened up with heavy punches from inside Nam Phan’s guard and Nam looks to just survive. Some of those punches landed to the back of the head. Nam rolled and gave up his back but Hettes stayed relentless with his ground and pound. Nam eventually regained his feet, a testament to his chin and experience. Nam faked a jab and then landed an upper cut as Hettes came forward with a shot. Hettes completes a beautiful hip toss and quickly transitioned to mount. Hettes grabbed Nam’s right arm and fell back for an armbar. Nam defended well but Hettes opened up with hammer fists to work his spider guard. The round ended with Hettes battering Nam Phan from mount. It was an incredible first round by Jimy Hettes who was completely dominant.
Hettes quickly clinched Nam Phan and attempted a trip takedown. Nam defended well and looked to establish his boxing only to get dragged down to the ground again. Hettes worked his ground and pound inside Nam’s half guard. Nam rolled for a leg lock but just didn’t have the it in him to finish the submission. Hettes locked in a solid arm triangle but it wasn’t as tight as it could have been. Nam used the space to sweep to top but was unable to maintain position. Hettes remained relentless in his attack, regaining his feet. Hettes tripped Nam to the ground again. With a minute to go in the round Nam looked exhausted from Hettes’ constant attack. Nam uses a wizzer to prevent a hip toss but Hettes’ second attempt was successful, landing in side control. Nam regained his feet but was unable to create any offense as the second round came to a close.
Hettes anxious as the third round opened up. Nam looked to find his range but Hettes closed the distance too quickly and got another takedown. Hettes stayed heavy as Phan wall walked back to his feet. It was all for naught as Hettes hit another takedown with three minutes left in the fight. Nam regained his feet again but was unable to create distance from a smothering Hettes. Nam landed a solid right hand but was unable to follow it up with a combination. Hettes clinched and then go another takedown landing strikes from mount. Hettes locked up an arm triangle but Nam defended well. Hettes used Nam’s defense to transition to mount and rain down punches. Huge elbows form Hettes with 30 seconds left in the round. Nam Phan looked to survive the attack as the round came to an close
Nam Phan entered the fight 1-2 in the UFC and 17-9 overall. Jim Hettes entered the fight as a perfect 9-0 and 1-0 in the Octagon.
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