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.
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