“Pettis is a very skilled fighter with good stand up, and he’s very good at what he does if you allow him the space to do it. This is a fight for me where if I want to take Anthony Pettis down then he’s going down. If I want it to stay on the feet then the fight will stay on the feet. I am going to dictate where this fight is going to go, and going into this fight knowing I can determine the location of where the fight is going to go at any time gives me peace of mind. Now, it’s about going in there and executing. I can get the win for sure just by going in there and doing what Clay Guida did to him, but I really want to make a statement in this fight. I really want to show the rest of the division what I’m capable of and I’m yet to do that. Pettis is the perfect opponent to do that against. I also couldn’t ask for a better location because it’s going down in Boston and I know Philly is going to be there representing strong. It’s going to be my house that night and I love it.”
“I heard him say in an interview recently that he wasn’t impressed with my last two fights. That’s ironic because there isn’t a person on Earth who was impressed with his last fight. At least I had a couple people come up to me and say they were impressed with the way I dealt with the adversity of having my orbital broken and was still able to bounce back from that. At least a few people were impressed, but I haven’t heard a single person say they were impressed with Anthony Pettis’ last title defense. He got punched in the face and kind of quit on himself. The way I see this fight shaping up, and knowing what I can do, I think the same thing is going to happen again.”
In a new interview with UFC.com, top UFC lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez pulled no punches when discussing his upcoming opponent Anthony Pettis.
While the bout is still lacking an “official” announcement, both men have been throwing jabs in the media this week, all but confirming the booking as valid.
The two top lightweights are expected to throw down on January 17 as part of the UFC Fight Night 81 main card.