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EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Anthony Pettis: I Feel Like I Have the Best Striking in MMA | UFC NEWS


To read part one of our interview with Anthony Pettis click here:

The mixed martial arts world waits with great anticipation for August 3rd to arrive. Barring injuries we will witness what could possibly be one of the best fights of 2013 when UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at a yet to be named venue or event.

It’s completely understandable that so much focus is going into that fight, but let’s not forget the fact that just one week before the Aldo fight was announced, Pettis had decimated Donald Cerrone in the first round at UFC on Fox 6. Afterwards UFC President Dana White announced that Pettis would face the winner of the April 20 showdown between UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez.

There is much more to Anthony Pettis than his decision to forgo the lightweight title shot and call out Aldo. His performance against Cerrone was masterful and shocked a lot of fans who thought the two would go to war for 15 minutes. Pettis, however wasn’t surprised with the way things ended in Chicago.

“No man, I had a long layoff, I was out for a year,” Pettis told BJPenn.Com Radio. “The whole time I was off this guy was pushing my buttons and calling me out. He was saying I was afraid to fight him and that I was a fighter who tried to hide out behind one of my wins. That was not the case, I was really injured. I had surgery on my shoulder, when you have shoulder surgery you really can’t do much, it takes a long time to recover. I had a lot of aggression built up, it kind of sucked that it only lasted about two minutes because I had a lot planned.”

Fans, Pettis and Henderson himself have been clamoring for a rematch between the two former WEC Lightweight Champions since the two met at WEC 53 in what the last bout ever to be contested in a WEC cage. Pettis defeated Henderson by the narrowest of margins, many feel he sealed the victory when he landed the “Showtime” kick in the fifth round. Now that he has dropped to featherweight Henderson-Pettis II will have to wait, but should Bendo defeat Melendez in April and Pettis upset Aldo in August there could be a scenario in which Pettis becomes the second man in UFC history to try and hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

“That would be amazing, that’s something that has never been done before,” said Showtime. “You can’t look past a guy like Jose Aldo. I’m dropping ten pounds and fighting out of my comfort zone. I’m fighting the champion for 25 minutes so if you look at it all the odds are stacked against me. We’ll see what happens, Henderson has to do his thing. I’m sure he will, he should win his fight against Gil. I have my work cut out for me with Aldo. He’s a scary dude, but I feel I have a fighting style that’s hard for a lot of guys to beat.”

Aldo has yet to face a fighter with the stand-up skills comparable to Pettis. For the most part he has faced guys with solid grappling backed up by adequate striking. Mark Hominick probably posed the biggest threat to Aldo on the feet, but it’ll be a whole new ballgame once he steps in there with Pettis.

“I feel like I have one of the best stand-up games in mixed martial arts,” Pettis said confidently. “It’s only getting better, I’m 26-years-old and I’m always learning something new. I’m always adding stuff to my game and evolving as a fighter. I feel like I’m one of the best strikers in MMA, I just need the time to prove it. All these other guys have 25 minute fights while my last two fights were four minutes combined. You haven’t really seen my full potential yet.”

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33 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE (Part 2) | Anthony Pettis: I Feel Like I Have the Best Striking in MMA | UFC NEWS”

  1. spider says:

    Anderson Silva would pick you apart. Just because you do cart wheels in the Octagon doesn’t make you the best striker.

    • ThaGreenBandit says:

      Yeah, and GSP would probably hand Aldo a thorough beating, but what does any of that have to do with any of this?

      • stonedyamasaki says:

        hey dipsh*t, the headline of the article reads: i feel like i have the best striking in mma.

        anderson silva is the fighter that is widely regarded as the best striker in mma.

        …so that’s how it’s relevant, you dumb piece of trash.

        • Zack says:

          The title says “I feel like I have the best striking in mma” what he actually said was ” I feel like I have ONE of the best striking games in mma”

        • Sasquatch says:

          Hey dipsh!t, read more then just the headline!

  2. 123 says:

    dont be so negative, iv never seen anderson silva do cart wheel kicks, flying knees off the cage & flying kicks off the cage .. id say anthony pettis is the best striker iv ever seen fight in mma.

    • Radon says:

      Yes, Pettis do more Cartwheel kicks, flying knees and more flashy stuff than any other fighter. But the Difference is He has never knocked anyne out with those fancy stuff… but when anderson does them he put people to sleep (Ex reverse elbow KO of Toy fryklund, Flying Knee Ko of carlos Newton and many more). That is why anderson is the Best Striker in MMA.

  3. Smh says:

    I like Pettis, but cartwheel kicks and wall jumping isnt good striking. It’s gymnastics. It is fun to watch though

  4. Jake from State Farm says:

    I agree with 123! When it comes down to all the tools you have Pettis has way more tools then any other striker in the UFC! Like jds for example has great striking but only throws punches! Anderson silva probably has the best timing when it comes down to striking the way he moves his head and throws his punches, but he only throws punches and rarely knees. While Pettis on the other hand throws kicks punches elbows knees flying punches kicks off the fence knees of the fence, cartwheel kicks , Croatian kicks!

  5. JADG|SD says:

    an amazing striker yes, one of the best in ufc probably, but to say number one is a noble statement indeed lol need to back that up.

  6. retasketa says:

    Amazing with kicks and decent with the hands. But so is cung le. i would put him in top 10 for sure! maybe even top 5. But i still have a. silva, aldo, le, belfort, condit, nick diaz etc. up there to give pettis a run. I guess it is his opinion tho.

  7. T.DADDY says:

    This scrub ain’t nothing special.. put him in there with a wrestler and he will get smashed… Aldo will ko him in under 2rds… Silva is the best striker.. point blank period… Cartwheels and jumpin off the cage don’t make you a good striker.. especially when you don’t ko anybody with that BS

    • BarrysHypocrisy says:

      I agree. Pettis is starting to believe his own hype. He looked silly trying to reproduce that kick off the cage during his last fight. Aldo will tear him to pieces.

    • Sasquatch says:

      Yeah man he’s a scrub, I doubt he’s accomplished half the sh!t you have t.daddy.

      • T.DADDY says:

        Awww did I hurt ur Pettis nut hugging feelings? Lmao.. dude is a scrub… He can’t beat a wrestler… Maynard would have his way with this scrub.. Pettis tries to do everything off the cage cuz of the kick he landed on Benson… Let him try some of that weak off the cage shit on Aldo and he will end up on his back sleeping… He shouldn’t even be fighting for the belt he ain’t the #1 contender

        • Sasquatch says:

          Not at all, but it looks like I hit a sore spot with you. Keep suckin back wrestlers boneless baby batter t.daddy… whatever floats your boat bud.

    • omar says:

      scrub? you don’t know anything about mma to say he’ll get ko’d in under 2 rds. Hahahahahaha go watch football or something pettis is one of the best out there you retard

  8. 123 says:

    he didn’t try & reproduce the kick off the cage, it was a knee off the cage which landed on cerrone’s chin.. people are so negative

  9. 1234567 says:

    Pettis never claimed to have the best striking in mma or be the best strikers he claimed to be ONE OF the best. big difference for those talking smack read more carefully.

  10. Jujitsu Player says:

    He does have excellent striking, he’s def a top 5 striker in the UFC for me it’s:

    1. Silva – basically a ninja hands down number 1
    2. Machida – most elusive striker in mma history
    3. Edson Barboza – best ko in UFC history
    4. Pettis – can do ridiculous stuff
    5. Overeem – Best kick boxer in mm, period (ps I still hate this guy)

    Also Aldo, Erik Koch and Jon Jones also have excellent striking.

    Before ppl go hating on me I’m not saying these are the best fighters or the top guys in the division, I just rate them because they use hands, feet, knees, elbows, have great speed, timing, create angles and generally do things that other people are not capable of or would even think of.

    Just my opinion, would like to hear others views?

  11. cam says:

    Title does not match with what he said

  12. Dario says:

    The commenter who said that the title of this article was misleading is correct. Anthony Pettis said, “I feel like I’m ONE OF THE BEST strikers in MMA,” not, “I Feel Like I HAVE THE BEST Striking in MMA.” There’s a huge difference. To be fair, you need to quote what a person really says and let the readers decide for themselves what to make of it, instead of deceptive reporting that tells them what to believe. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility and this does not make look very good. Thank you.

  13. Bryan Levick says:

    I am not familiar with the rules of the Underground or how things work. They limit the amount of characters in your titles, after I realized how it sounded I tried to change it, but they give you a 5 minute limit from the time you post to make any corrections. It was an honest mistake, you can go back and read my work five years back and you’d never find anything where I tried to mislead readers, fighters or anyone else. Honesty is most important to me, I made a mistake and I can admit it. I very rarely post on the UG and was not aware of the rules. it will not happen again.

  14. Gangnam Style says:

    I agree with many of the comments. Flying fancy stuff doesn’t equate good striking but simply entertaining striking. In terms of technique and power A.Silva is definitely the most scary. His knowledge of striking/movement is the best in MMA.

  15. What? says:

    mark mominick, brad pickett, dominick cruz, anthony njokuani, eddie wineland, anthony pettis, A.silva, aldo, jones, machida, cung le, they all are good all around striking but i feel like thats the only way to be all around…some guys are good but at one think mark hunt has really good striking as good as jds maybe better but jds is big and cain is big they are big guys who have good hands and mix it up…i can see why pettis feels like his striking is best cause you dont see the mix alot of the times and it sometimes does become a boxing match

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  17. Dario says:

    Thanks for the clarification and effort to be honest, Bryan. Best to you.

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