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Jim Hettes credits Nam Phan’s toughness after UFC 141 performance

It was probably somewhat surprising for many fans to see Nam Phan absorb the damage dished out by Jim Hettes this past Friday night at UFC 141 and hold on to fall by way of decision rather than TKO/submission. However, Hettes himself was far from shocked at Phan’s endurance and actually expected a similar showing going into the bout.

“Anytime someone watches Nam Phan’s older fights, they’re preparing for a three round war,” Hettes explained of his opponent at the post-event press conference. “I haven’t been past the second round, but I’ve been training five, five-minute rounds with 205ers, heavyweights 170-pounders, just so I would get that fatigued feeling and it definitely paid off today.”

“The one thing about Nam is, I knew I had to keep him on the defensive because if I slept on him for even one second that right hand could put me to sleep,” he continued.

Hettes did his best to earn a stoppage but made sure to maintain his composure rather than going after the finish like a wild-man, again paying respect to his apt adversary’s ability to recover or pull off a victory.

The 24-year old Hettes improved his record to 10-0 with his dominant performance again Phan and is now 2-0 in the UFC. The fight with Phan marked the first time Hettes had gone the distance, winning all nine of his previous pairings via submission.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Nam is indeed a warrior it was hard for him to put anything together and he really never got much offense off, as stated def. a tough fighter though.

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  • madheartmma says:

    I would love to see this guy win 2-3 more fights and fight Kenny Florian

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  • MCM says:

    This was the second hardest fight for me to watch on the card, first being Fitch/Hendricks, since I consider myself a pretty big Nam fan (see what i did there). But I was undoubtedly impressed with Mr. Hettes. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this kid, and I hope to see big things out of him in the future.

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  • Dufresne says:

    This kid impressed the hell out of me. Before the fight I was making fun of his teeth (because I’m a dental student and we lead sad, sad lives), but after the first round I literally texted a friend “The kid with janky teeth is a beast.”
    Those were some of the smoothest transitions I’ve ever seen. And I’m not just talking about his BJJ transitions. Those were nice, but I mean his transitions from one discipline to another. He went from striking to wrestling to BJJ to ground and pound back to wrestling with literally no pause or loss of fluidity and he did it on a regular basis. He really showed what the “Mixed” in MMA means.

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