UFC 141 Results: What We Learned from Nam Phan vs. Jimy Hettes

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IMarch 20, 2017

Jimy Hettes just defeated Nam Phan in what was the most impressive performance so far tonight.

Hettes came into UFC 141 undefeated, but before tonight, he had not beaten a significant opponent. Therefore, his potential could not be accurately measured.

By defeating Phan—an established fighter in the featherweight division—Hettes has established himself as a legitimate prospect in the the UFC's featherweight division.

We can expect big things from this kid in the future.

 

What we'll remember about this fight

Everything that Hettes did.

From the first bell to the last, Hettes imposed a game plan by bringing Phan to the ground and dominating him thoroughly.

He showed some slick submission attempts, smooth transitions and shockingly accurate ground and pound.

It was, for sure, the best performance of this youngster's career.

 

What we learned about Nam Phan

Not a lot, honestly.

We learned that better grapplers than Phan exist, but we already knew that.

It was a one-sided fight and Phan was unable to show us much of anything. Hopefully he has a stronger showing his next time out.

 

What we learned about Jimy Hettes

The guy is a prospect—plain and simple. We also learned that he probably deserves to be more than a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

 

What's next for Nam Phan

If I'm being realistic, any mid-level opponent is next for Phan. If I had it my way, set up the trilogy with Leonard Garcia!

 

What's next for Jimy Hettes

The featherweight division is arguably the UFC's weakest, and it's in need of contenders.

I would not be surprised to see a big step up in competition for Hettes in his next fight.

Mark Hominick and Diego Nunes are both possibilities.

 

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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