Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis recently joined the MMA Hour to discuss what went wrong in his UFC 185 title fight loss to Rafael dos Anjos and what changes he will need to make going forward.
“Showtime” was quick to point out that watching his younger brother Sergio suffer a knockout loss earlier that same evening did not help his cause, his words:
“The biggest thing I think I’m gonna change is me and my little bro fighting on the same card,” Pettis told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “The first time it went amazing, the second time not so well. He got knocked out, I had to watch that and get up mentally for my fight. Not making excuses or nothing, but them little things could have triggered my performance.”
Pettis (18-3) is not sure if it affected him emotionally or not. But it could have contributed to the overall mood around his team and coaches like Duke Roufus and Ben Askren.
“He gets knocked out and then you gotta reset the battery, reset everything and try to get back up for the next fight,” Pettis said. “I think it was just a little bit too much for everybody emotionally to go through. Next time if I’m fighting in a big fight like that, it has to be all about me.”
The loss to “RDA” marked Anthony’s first defeat since 2011, when he dropped a decision to Clay Guida in his UFC debut.
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