Featherweight title-contender Anthony Pettis has his hands full at the moment with a dip down to 145 pounds for an August outing against pound-for-pound monster Jose Aldo. However, with an expected return to the lightweight division at some point, a few 155ers have pointed to Pettis as a potential opponent.
One challenge catching Pettis’ attention came from Nate Diaz who recently called into question the level of competition “Showtime” had seen since signing with the UFC. Though the bout may not make sense from a rankings standpoint at the moment, and Pettis’ focus is on Aldo, it sounds like the 26-year old is open to an eventual meeting though only because he sees a simple path to victory.
“I heard his interview and it just makes me laugh. I mean, the guy just got head kick knocked out by a pretty good striker, but for him to call me out it’s funny to me because my striking is one of the best in the lightweight division,” said Pettis at a press conference promoting his UFC 163 scrap with Aldo. “I think he’s trying to keep his name relevant and trying to stay in the mix, but I mean after losing like that there’s not much more you can do in the lightweight division. I think he’s going to be moving back to welterweight and again, the comments are funny to me and if he does want to fight I’ll take an easy payday.”
Brazilian outlet Round 6 was on the scene and capture Pettis’ comments.
The 16-9 Diaz is coming off the first knockout loss of his career, succumbing to strikes against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7. The defeat dropped his record to 2-3 over a five-fight span with the other stumble coming to champ Benson Henderson. Meanwhile, Pettis holds an overall record of 16-2 and has come out with his hand raised in three straight showdowns.
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