One thing about boarding a hype train ... you should always make sure you have a round-trip ticket.
That's because hype trains have been known to stall, like it did last night when Sergio Pettis fought a brilliant fight, only to succumb to a third-round rear naked choke against Alex Caceres (watch it), as part of the UFC on FOX 10 event last Saturday night (Jan. 25, 2014) in Chicago, Illinois (results).
"I feel like they wanted him to beat me, keep the train going. I think they thought he might out-strike me and beat me up and what not. I didn't mind. I feel like that's how it is with every fight. They put me in there to lose. That's not a big deal, I just keep surprising people then."
Pettis, a natural flyweight, is the younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
The win for Caceres was his fourth in five fights (one no contest) and served as the first loss of Lil' Showtime's professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. "Bruce Leeroy" told reporters at the "Henderson vs. Thomson" post-fight press conference (replay here) that he believes he's now in line for a bigger name on a future main card.
If he does in fact get one, they may no longer be expecting him to lose.