LAS VEGAS - The UFC must have a lot of faith in Jimy Hettes because it rolled the dice by putting the 24-year-old on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 141. Hettes made the bosses look smart by putting on a three-round exhibition of grappling, takedowns, submissions, and ground and pound on his way to an easy win over Nam Phan, 30-25, 30-25 and 30-26.
Hettes, 24, only had one UFC fight under his belt and he was taking on a grizzled veteran of the sport in Phan. He came out strong with takedowns 16 and 35 seconds into the fight. From there, Hettes used trip takedowns and judo throws to dump Phan (17-10, 1-2 UFC) on his head whenever he wanted.
On the ground, Hettes (11-0, 2-0 UFC) shifted between working for submissions and pounding away at Phan's head was super accurate punches.