Anthony Pettis would drop to 145 lbs to face McGregor or Aldo

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Despite losing his lightweight championship title to Rafael dos Anjos, there is no denying that Anthony Pettis is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC. Finished nursing the wounds of such a defeat at UFC 185, ‘Showtime’ is gearing up for an Octagon encounter with former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and intends to get himself one step closer to taking back that belt.

“For me, it’s just a comeback fight. I want to compete and get my belt back,” Pettis told GNP1.de. “I was on top of the world, had a bad performance. That wasn’t me in that fight, you know? I feel like, if that fight would have happened ten times, nine out of ten I would have beat him. It was just that one day that I was off, I wasn’t myself.”

“I think Eddie’s tough, he has great hands, he’s been around for a long time, he’s been in five-round fights, so we know, he has the gas tank, the ability to compete at the highest level.”

A win over Alvarez could and should bring Pettis back into title contention; he’s the only option that makes sense, he claims. Meanwhile, a vocal Irishman is making waves in the weight class below, and threatens to conquer the 155-pound division: interim-featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor.

“It’s all talk until it happens man. He talks well, he’s doing a great job for his weight class. I mean, there would be no big money fights in featherweight, besides… that’s why I was gonna move down there. Me and Aldo was gonna be a big money fight for Aldo, but now with Conor McGregor in there, talking himself up, making himself marketable. Good for him doing that, but lightweight is a whole different place. It’s not featherweight.Featherweight is… I mean, besides Aldo, there’s not much…, I mean, there is talent,Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, (but) lightweight is the deepest division in the UFC, it’s a totally different story. For him to say, he’s gonna come up there and walk through everybody, it’s crazy. He’s only beat Chad Mendes, one guy in the featherweight class that’s top five.”

Should McGregor’s trash-talk merely remain as such, ‘Showtime’ is extremely keen to arranged a bout and would be willing to drop down to 145-pounds to face either him or Jose Aldo there, after he has reclaimed his belt.

“Yeah, for sure. I mean, featherweight has always been an option. I want my belt back, that’s my main goal. You know, I’m doing well financially, I’m not hurting at all. So for me, the goal right now is getting my belt back. What happens after that fight, we’ll see. People wanna see McGregor, I fight McGregor, people wanna see Aldo, I fight Aldo, that’s what it’s all about.”

Endless UFC and MMA obsessive, Chris adores the intense world of this sport - both inside and outside the Octagon. He is also a cinema devotee and has carved an elongated career in film criticism across both online and print media. He hopes you all read this bio in your best Bruce Buffer voice...