Anthony Pettis made a triumphant 145 pound debut at UFC Vancouver.
Following a three-fight losing streak, the former lightweight champion dropped down to face No. 6 ranked featherweight Charles Oliveira on Saturday night. "Showtime" proved that he can hang with the division's top submission artist, and finished the Brazilian with a guillotine choke at 1:49 into round three.
Pettis admitted to Brian Stann during the post-fight interview that he's still adjusting to the new weight class and punched himself out a bit after hurting Oliveira early in the fight. However, "Showtime" was pretty proud of the fact that he weathered the many submission attempts by his opponent and was able to finish Oliveira in the third frame.
"I've never been finished in any of my fights," Pettis told Stann. "No one's jiu-jitsu threatens me. No one's striking threatens me. I'm my own enemy in here."
The former champ went on to say that his recent defeats have been at the hands of some of the best of the world, and that he's ready to climb the 145 lb ladder. Surprisingly, he didn't call out title holder Conor McGregor, though.
Overall, Pettis pretty much dominated the fight on the feet against Oliveira, using his superior punches and kicks, like this brutal body shot in the first round.
While the Brazilian was able to take Pettis' back on several occasions, the former 155 lb champ escaped every time, usually taking the top position before raining down with ground and pound shots.
The finish in the third frame came after another grappling scramble, resulting in Oliveira attempting a takedown as Pettis tried to stand up. Anthony easily locked in the guillotine choke and forced an end to the match.
"I'm here for one thing and one thing only, and that's that belt," Pettis said after the fight.