After two rounds of back-and-forth excitement and much bloodshed, Pettis' long-time coach Duke Roufus called for the stoppage, as Pettis revealed he had suffered a broken hand.
"Where's McNuggets at you fucking piece of shit!"
Pettis offers a wild spinning kick and misses and now Ferguson is pressing forward, working the body. Right hand lands hard for Ferguson. Pettis landing and Ferguson is in real trouble and rolls to try to escape being hurt further.
Eventually they get back to their feet, and the doctor determines that the blood is coming from a cut along Pettis' scalp. Ferguson is pressuring his foe, walking him down, getting in his face, and throwing kicks and punches from every angle.
Awesome Right Hand By Showtime!What a fight. Good elbow Ferguson. A huge elbow by Pettis saw Ferguson cut open and nearly knocked out. It had been a quiet few weeks on social media for the former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champion, who is usually quite vocal about goings-on in the sport.
Ferguson with another strike and Pettis backs up across the cage. Pettis laughs! What an elbow by Ferguson.
Anthony Pettis was the UFC lightweight champ for a spell, and though he's since fallen down the ladder a bit, he's remained an elite - and highly creative - striker. Right punch Pettis. More pressure from Ferguson who keeps his hands low. He's asking him if he can continue.
Ferguson brought to tears after earning the win.
Scott Holtzman also stopped Alan Patrick on the undercard of Conor McGregor's return to MMA against unbeaten lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. During his absence, Pettis got back into the win column with a strong showing against Michael Chiesa, looking like the Anthony Pettis of old.
In the most dramatic of fashion, Lewis somehow turned the fight around.