Pettis’ appearance coincides with UFC® 145: Jones vs. Evans slated for April 21, 2012 at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena where XYIENCE team athlete Jon “Bones” Jones (15-1), the current UFC light heavyweight champion will defend his title against Rashad Evans in the main event. Also on the main card for the event is XYIENCE athlete Mark “The Machine” Hominick, (20-10) who faces Eddie Yagin in a featherweight bout.
Pettis, who will be in Atlanta to support his XYIENCE teammates, was in the octagon for just 90 seconds on Saturday, Feb. 25 at UFC® 144: Edgar vs. Henderson, enough time to become a lightweight title contender. Pettis defeated his opponent Joe Lauzon by knockout, landing a head kick in the first round. He received Knockout of the Night honors from the UFC for his performance, which includes a bonus from the UFC. Pettis (13-2) is now considered a viable candidate to challenge current UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson.
In December 2010, Pettis defeated Henderson to become the final athlete to hold the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight championship belt; the WEC and UFC merged shortly thereafter. During the title fight, Pettis performed a unique move—later coined the "Showtime Kick"—by using the cage as a lateral springboard to launch a roundhouse kick to his opponent's face in the final minute of the fight. That moment was recognized by ESPN as a 2010 Top 10 Highlight Reel. It was also featured on CNN and has been viewed over two million times on YouTube.
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Xenergy is the official energy drink the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and is one of the fastest growing brands in its category. The first energy drink created by a nutrition company, Xenergy is a sugar- and calorie-free drink that’s fortified with vitamins. All-natural flavors provide a consistent supply of energy, sans the “crash” inherent with most other energy drink brands. Xenergy Premium flavors include Mango Guava, Cherry Lime, Cran Razz, and Blu Pomegranate. Xenergy Xtreme flavors include Frostberry Blast, Fruit Punch, Cherry Rush, and Orange Fuel. Xenergy is available throughout the United States and Canada.