UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis has been in some entertaining fights but none quite as entertaining as the barn burner between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez a few weeks ago at UFC 166, and don’t hold out hope of seeing anything like that from Pettis in the future either.
Pettis talked to BJ Penn Radio this week about the potential fight of the year candidate and explained why you will never see him in a fight like that:
“That’s not my fight. You’ll never see Anthony Pettis in a fight like that. I’m too intelligent, too skilled, and too versatile to be standing with someone toe-to-toe. It was pretty entertaining, though, and the fans love it … it’s just not really my style. Melendez is a great fighter and I’m sure we’re going to fight in the future. It was a very entertaining fight with Diego and Melendez but like I said, it’s not my style. You’re never going to see me in a match like that. Too much skill and talent to be caught up in a brawling match … I’m not saying I won’t get into an exchange, that’s just not my style to get hit like that. If you watch my fights, I’ve gotten hit once or twice out of my whole career. It’s not that I can’t take it, it’s just that I don’t need to get hit. Why get hit in the face when I can hit you before you hit me? I’m not afraid to get into an exchange but I have an intelligent fight style and I think Josh is going to have a problem with it and anybody in the 155, 145 is going to have a problem with my fight style.”