Tonight on BJPenn.Com Radio hosts Mitch Ciccarelli and Bryan Levick will discuss this past Saturday night’s UFC 156 event that produced a major upset and some exciting finishes. Joining Bryan and Mitch will be MFC Lightweight championship contender Mukai Maromo, UFC Featherweight Ivan Menjivar, UFC Light Heavyweight Ryan Jimmo, 19-year-old bantamweight Sergio Pettis and his older brother, the last WEC Lightweight Champion and now the #1 UFC Featherweight contender, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
Beginning at 8pm your hosts will briefly discuss what went down in Vegas on Saturday night including Antonio Silva’s huge upset over Alistair Overeem which occurred by vicious third round knockout. Also on the docket will be Rashad Evans loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jose Aldo’s win over Frankie Edgar and the text message Dana White received from Anthony Pettis prior to the start of the post fight press conference.
Maromo will challenge Graham Spencer for the MFC Lightweight Championship at MFC 36 on Friday night February 15. Maromo has won his last five bouts, in fact his last loss came against Spencer in December of 2010. Spencer is 9-1 and made his MFC debut as a featherweight at MFC 35 last October. He defeated BJ Penn training partner Shane Nelson via unanimous decision and has spoken of plans to go after both the MFC Lightweight & Featherweight titles. Maromo earned his shot at the lightweight title by knocking out Adam Lynn in the second round at MFC 34 in August of last year.
Menjivar is currently preparing for his upcoming bout against Urijah Faber at UFC 157 on February 23 in Anaheim, CA. Menjivar currently trains at the world renowned Tri-Star Gym in Montreal under Firas Zahabi and alongside Georges St. Pierre, Rory MacDonald and Mike Ricci. Faber and Menjivar are no strangers to one another having met in January of 2006. Faber was awarded the victory via DQ due to an illegal kick of a downed opponent. Menjivar made his UFC debut against Charlie Valenica at UFC 129 and won via first round TKO. He has since gone 3-1 with his lone loss coming at the hands of Mike Easton at UFC 148. He has won Submission of the Night in two of his last three fights.
Jimmo made his UFC debut a memorable one when he knocked out Anthony Perosh in just seven seconds at UFC 149. That knockout is the second fastest KO in UFC history just behind Duane Ludwig’s knockout of Jonathan Goulet. Jimmo lost his first career fight, but has since reeled off 17 consecutive victories. He won the MFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Dwayne Lewis and subsequently defended it twice before signing with the UFC. Jimmo trains with the Blackzilians and will face James Te-Huna at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald on February 16.
Sergio Pettis is considered one of the brightest prospects in all of MMA. At 19-years-old he is well on his way to becoming a star and has the bloodlines to help him get there. The younger brother of Showtime, Sergio is currently 6-0 with two knockouts and two submissions to his credit. His most recent fight occurred back in November at RFA 4 where he defeated Jimmy Jones via unanimous decision. Just like his brother, Sergio trains with Duke Roufus in Milwaukee.
At this point in time there is no one making bigger headlines in mixed martial arts than Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The man who created and landed the Showtime Kick on Benson Henderson in the final WEC fight ever recently defeated Donald Cerrone via first round knockout on January 26 at UFC on Fox 6. That win put him in line to face the winner of the UFC Lightweight title fight scheduled for April 20 on UFC on Fox 7 between champion Benson Henderson and challenger and former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez. Instead of waiting months for that fight to come to fruition Pettis decided to make a move that ultimately paid off. After watching Aldo defend his UFC featherweight belt against Edgar last Saturday during the main event of UFC 156, Pettis texted UFC President Dana White and asked for a shot at Aldo and his featherweight crown. As the old going goes, ask and you shall receive, the two will meet at an undisclosed event on August 3rd.
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