In the co-main event of UFC 181 last night, Anthony Pettis made his return to the Octagon, where he submitted Gilbert Melendez in the second round of their title fight.
At the post-fight press conference, Pettis spoke about what it was like to get the win after spending nearly 15 months on the sidelines, and what he thought of his doubters.
“The best way is to prove them wrong. For me, I was injured, so I couldn’t really prove myself or fight. I had to be quiet and just let them talk. Tonight, I was able to prove everybody wrong.”
“Last year was a long year for me. Fifteen months off was a long time. The Wheaties contest was going on, I had my fight coming up, so there was a lot of pressure on me going into this fight. I just feel like I locked in on training, and I fell in love with the sport again.
“I believed in myself, and I performed again to the best of my ability.”
“My coach says it the best: ‘The best revenge is massive success,’ That’s what I’m looking forward to do.”
– via MMAJunkie