Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis experienced a bit of a career resurgence earlier this year when he dropped down to featherweight in the midst of a 3-fight losing streak at 155, which saw him lose the UFC lightweight championship to Rafael dos Anjos before dropping back to back losses.
When Pettis dropped down to featherweight several months ago, he put on an impressive performance as he submitted JiuJitsu ace Charles Oliveira via 3rd round guillotine choke to earn earn himself the #6 ranking on the UFC’s official lightweight rankings. On the heels of his win over Oliveira, Pettis signed to fight featherweight #1 contender Max Holloway on December 10th at UFC 206. With that being said, ‘Showtime’ already has plans to take both of Conor McGregor’s title belts.
McGregor of course is coming off a dominant performance against Eddie Alvarez this past Saturday which saw him crowned the UFC lightweight champion, the first man to simultaneously hold two UFC title belts at the same time.
Pettis spoke to TMZ about the situation, and his plans to not only claim the featherweight championship from McGregor, but also reclaim the lightweight championship, which is now held by McGregor:
“He whooped Eddie’s ass,” Pettis said. “I fought Eddie, Eddie is good, but Conor put it on him. I’m excited to see what happens now. If he stays fighting, I’m coming for that 145-pound strap, and 155-pound strap.”
As ‘Showtime’ pointed out, he lost to Alvarez previously. The fight was the first for Pettis after losing his lightweight championship to Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision at UFC 185. For Alvarez, the fight was his last fight before ultimately earning a title shot at Rafael dos Anjos. While the fight between Pettis & Alvarez was a close one, ultimately, two of three judges gave Alvarez the nod, and the split decision win.
With Alvarez informing his fans following the fight that he had no plans to retire, who do you think he should face in order to return to the win column and potentially earn himself a crack at the UFC lightweight championship.