One of the most asked for super-fights that mixed martial arts (MMA) fans have been clamoring to see is a match-up between two dynamic strikers in UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.
Pettis is the former champion of the 155-pound division, that is now headed by ‘The Notorious One’, who now competes in McGregor’s former championship weight class of 145 pounds. Pettis will be challenging No. 2-ranked Max Holloway for the interim featherweight strap in the main event of UFC 206 this weekend (Saturday December 10, 2016).
‘Showtime’ recently joined Matt Sera and Jim Norton on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, courtesy of MMA Mania, to discuss his upcoming throw-down with Holloway, as well as a potential match-up with ‘The Notorious One’:
“I see Max as a younger version of myself; raw, natural talent and he definitely wants it bad. But I got the skill set to beat the guy with the striking and I got the power and size on him,” said Pettis.
“The only other striker he fought of my caliber is Conor McGregor, and you saw how that went down. I feel like I have way more tools than Conor McGregor,” he said. “Conor McGregor has a big left hand and some decent kicks. I have submissions, wrestling, I have everything; I’m the complete package. Now I have the size, so it’s a great weight class for me.”
A fight between Pettis and McGregor isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility, as it is very possible that McGregor makes his return to the Octagon at the 145-pound weight division to recapture the title he never lost. If Pettis can find his way past Holloway and Aldo in the coming months, he may very well find himself standing across the cage from the lightweight champion.
Pettis and Holloway will meet in the main event of UFC 206 live on pay-per-view (PPV) for the interim featherweight title, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday (December 10, 2016).