It might be time for the young man from Swoyersville, Pennsylvania to change his nickname as Jim “The Kid” Hettes racked up another victory at UFC 141, beating veteran Nam Phan via decision.
Hettes, who trained at various gyms in the New York and New Jersey area with Kris McCray and current Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, showcased his impressive grappling skills, taking down Phan at will with numerous trips, single legs and throws.
Hettes, a Judo brown belt, utilized this to take Phan down early in the first round and keep him there, landed barrages of punches that had Phan bloodied and hurrying to find a way to defend himself. Phan found a way to get back to his feet later in the round, but found him in a spot he would be in often in this fight; on his back defending Hettes strikes. Hettes would attempt an armbar late in the round, but Phan was able to defend it until the bell sounded.
The 2nd round didn’t offer anything new as Hettes continued the onslaught, putting Phan back onto the mat and landed strikes onto Phan. Phan found ways to get to his feet more often, but was quickly taken down again before he could mount much offense.
Hettes continued his domination into the 3rd round, taking Phan down, landing strikes from all angles while attempting to secure submissions. Phan, who’s toughness certainly can’t be questioned, held out till the final bell, but took a beating in the process.
The judges rendered a lopsided decision, 30-25, 30-25, and 30-26, with two of the judges scored the 1st and 3rd Round 10-8.
The win improves Hettes’ record to a perfect 10-0, while also becoming the only decision on his record in his young career. The loss drops Phan to 17-10 in his pro career and 1-3 inside the UFC.
While some may have question Hettes’ ability to come up big against veterans of MMA, Hettes quickly silenced any doubters with his performance tonight. “The Kid”, might be a bit too small of a nickname for the quickly rising star.