Anthony Pettis made it two wins in a row following an impressive unanimous decision victory over Alex Morono in their welterweight bout at UFC Vegas 17 on Saturday night.
Anthony Pettis began 2020 as a lightweight competitor and a submission loss to Carlos Diego Ferreira. He did, however, close out the year strong as a welterweight with a victory over Alex Morono at UFC Vegas 17 on Saturday. For 2021, “Showtime” plans to drop back down to his home weight class, and the division he ruled over for two years. And for his first fight back at 155 pounds, the 33-year-old fighter wants to get back one of his losses.
Anthony Pettis entered UFC Fight Night 183 has lost two of his previous three fights. Despite UFC president Dana White’s recent revelation the promotion will sever ties with approximately 60 members of its roster in the coming weeks, Pettis said he never considered his job at risk.
“If I were to have let that get to my head, then I would’ve fought a different fight out there,” Anthony said. “… I don’t think my job was at stake. I’ve earned the right to be fighting where I’m at. I can fight with the best of them. I beat the guy in the main event of this card, ‘Wonderboy.’ He’s a great fighter.
“So I just feel like it’s me finding my groove outside the octagon is what’s going to get me these fights and let me keep going. My goal right now is to get a winning streak going. This is my first win streak in a long time.”
Anthony Pettis wants to avenge his loss against Tony Ferguson
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“I think Tony makes sense, man,” Pettis said at the post-fight press conference. “I think Tony Ferguson coming off his two losses — and he’s fighting tough dudes — that’s what I hate about this sport. Guys are like, ‘oh, Tony’s done.’ Dude, he’s a dangerous dude.
“But I think that would be a good fight for me to jump back in the lightweight mix and he’s still right up there.”
Ferguson, of course, defeated Anthony Pettis via second-round TKO when they met in a lightweight contest in the co-main event of UFC 229 back in October 2018.
Following UFC 256 last weekend, however, Ferguson is now on a two-fight losing streak. And Anthony believes with some adjustments in addition to a proper camp, he can come out on top against the former interim champion.
“Man, he got me early with those elbows,” Pettis added. “I think I make some adjustments in there and have a full training camp. Not taking anything away from him but I took that fight on short notice, the weight cut was horrible and I just wasn’t mentally there in that process. I was just doing these 155 fights because I kind of had to, not because I want to.
“That’s the difference right now. I’m deciding the Octagon to make these fights go easier.”
After going undefeated for seven straight years, Ferguson is now on a two-fight skid. His first loss happened at the hands of Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 in May, followed by a decision loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256 a week ago.
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