Anthony Pettis made a superhero splash in his welterweight debut Saturday, knocking out two-time title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson with a Superman counterpunch with 5 seconds left in the second round of the main event of UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Then he licked his own blood. 

Pettis who came in having lost five of his eight bouts since dropping his lightweight belt in 2015, was getting lit up for much of this striking battle, with Thompson’s crisp jabs turning his face into a bloody mess.

“He was catching me with his jab, and I knew he had the range on me,” Pettis said. “I was trying to beat him up with low kicks. I knew I was hurting his back leg, and that’s what set up the right hand.”

And what a right hand that was. 

What’s next for Pettis? 

Looks like he wants another shot at Rafael dos Anjos.

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