Anthony Pettis got back in the win column with his UFC featherweight debut over the weekend.
After the former lightweight champion went on a three-fight losing streak at 155 pounds, “Showtime” dropped down to featherweight and picked up a big win over Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21.
Pettis has faced tough competition in his last few fights, losing the lightweight belt to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 and then losing his next fights to the current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and then #4 UFC ranked Edson Barboza.
Now the former lightweight champion has the featherweight title in his sights with some interesting fights at 145 pounds.
“I’m here for belts, that’s why I set out to fight,” Pettis told 120 Sports (transcribed by FloCombat). “I want to be a champion and prove my skill set against the best in the world. I didn’t pick an easy fight, I picked the number #6 in the world. Maybe one more and I get a title shot or maybe they just give it to me.
“Jose Aldo is the guy that had that belt the whole time and Conor came in and stole it from him. You know, Conor it was a great performance by him, but there are other great fights in this weight class. BJ Penn coming back, there’s Frankie Edgar, there’s Max Holloway–man, there’s so many good fights in this weight class. I didn’t even look at the weight class when I moved down here, I just said let’s look at the weight class and see what happens after.”
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