The 5 biggest takeaways from UFC Nashville, including ninja stuff and camo shorts

What really mattered at UFC on ESPN+ 6 in Nashville on Saturday night? Here’s a few things…

1. Superman (punch) saves the day

Anthony Pettis wasn’t looking great in his first UFC bout at welterweight. Stephen Thompson battered and bloodied him, doing all the usual “Wonderboy” stuff to frustrate his offense while picking him apart at distance. Then Pettis remembered, oh yeah, he’s the guy who’s at his best when he’s airborne and on the attack. One leaping right hand later, Thompson was flat on his back and out cold.

Does this mean that Pettis is reborn as a 170-pounder? Not so fast. His power, at least when combined with the element of surprise, carried over well into the next division up. But we still have yet to see how he’ll fare against a bigger fighter who wants to get in close and put him down. Welterweight has all different types. Choose your next steps carefully, “Showtime.”

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