Anthony Pettis is my hero!
After two knockouts with his patented “Left Leg of Destiny," Pettis is getting his chance to take on Jose Aldo for the belt.
Or is it for pride?
I’m going with pride. There are only a few guys in the game that are down to scrap against the best in the world. We are slowly finding out who they are.
Taking a note out of the Chael Sonnen handbook, Pettis is calling out none other than the champ. And that’s what you do.
It’s not enough to have cemented oneself as next in line for a shot at the strap after Henderson and Melendez battle it out. No, Pettis wants the whole pie.
But what I love is the fact that he automatically makes no issue over cutting the weight to 145.
In the sport of wrestling, competitors are always sucking down to make the weight in order to challenge a great wrestler. The bigger guy never tells the smaller wrestler to bump up a weight class to wrestle at an advantage.
That’s typical of what a bully would do.
So, when the news broke that Dana White made the fight at featherweight it pumped me up ten times more than when I heard Frankie Edgar was getting his chance.
Main point being, there’s going to be a knockout.
These two knockout artists are going to step into the octagon conscious, and one will exit significantly more dizzy-headed than the other.
And that’s what we want. I’m guilty of it.
I want a firefight!
From the moment Pettis stepped into the WEC to his last fight against Donald Cerrone, there’s one accolade that can be specifically attributed to the lightweight competitor.
He has yet to freeze.
The ability to keep bringing the best each and every time in the octagon is something that’s going to keep a fighter on the UFC roster. Win or lose, there would still be a job to feed your family with.
Sometimes fighters go out there and completely underperform. It usually brings up questions of retirement.
But at 26 years old, “Showtime” is the most palpable nickname he could have.
With both fighters constantly looking for the knockout we shouldn’t have to worry about a wrestling match. But be prepared to press rewind on your remote because we all know it’s going to end in a flash.