Pettis kicks the surgically-repaired knee, twice.
Pettis was as fantastic as Ferguson, though Ferguson was getting the better of most of the exchanges. Good low kick by El Cucuy.
What a right punch by Pettis! His key to victory will be to use forward pressure to keep Pettis from setting up his strikes. Right hand for Pettis and Ferguson eats it, responding with two, three shots.
Ferguson straight across the cage to start and Pettis catches him coming in. Front kick to the body and another kick behind it. Right hand for Ferguson lands and Pettis looks slowed. Pettis told his coach that his hand was broken and Roufus made a decision to tell the referee that the fight was over.
Two big right hands for Ferguson land in the final seconds of the round and Pettis will have been glad to hear the horn there. Pettis landing and Ferguson is in real trouble and rolls to try to escape being hurt further.
The pair were left covered in blood following their fiery fight.
Ferguson also bleeding but grinning broadly as they get ready to restart.
Pettis came back with a couple stiff leg kicks that definitely had Ferguson switching stances to avoid taking any more damage. Superman punch off the cage Ferguson. Ferguson plays with Pettis' head. With Ferguson being the only man to defeat him in his last seven contests-and with some controversy swirling around his health in that fight-Lee says he would love to run that fight back.
Pettis stands, they're back to their feet and time is called.
Inbetween rounds Pettis' coach Duke Roufus sounds very concerned about his long-time student. Ferguson was able to hold on until the fight was stopped to attend to him. Great left hand by Pettis, this is so brutal exchange. Formiga and Pettis had the first relatively uneventful fight on an undercard that included five stoppage victories in its seven bouts.