Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Anthony Pettis Seeks to Prove “Weight Doesn’t Matter” at UFC Nashville

Anthony Pettis will be making his welterweight debut in two days at UFC Nashville, and he will do so on his own terms.

The former UFC lightweight champion does not believe weight will be a factor in his fight against Stephen Thompson. And while many have responded with astonishment the moment this fight was booked, Anthony Pettis had a completely different response when the option to fight Thompson was presented to him. It was Pettis who selected Thompson from the list of names offered, with a belief the fight would be a strong indicator for where his skills currently lie.

Skill-wise, Anthony Pettis believes that he and Stephen Thompson will make for a compatible and exciting opponent, with both fighters bringing their own martial arts backgrounds to what is expected to be a striking chess match:

“Karate vs. taekwondo guy,” Pettis said. “I’ve done taekwondo my whole life. I know Wonderboy comes from the karate background, but we both adopted our martial arts background to fit in the Octagon. His fighting style’s beautiful. He’s a hard puzzle to figure out.”

It is, after all, the skill that is the story of this fight, Anthony Pettis insists, not the weight:

“I’m going to show the world that weight doesn’t matter,” he said. “It’s all about skills. I have the skill set to beat this guy, whether it goes to the ground, whether it’s standing, I’m looking for the finish, and I’m gonna go out there and just swing for the fences.”

Do you believe weight will play a major factor in the UFC Nashville bout between Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis?

Latest MMA News

Neil Magny Volunteers To Replace Edwards & Fight Chimaev Dec. 19

Neil Magny is not giving up on being Khamzat Chimaev’s next opponent. Before Leon Edwards was finalized as Khamzat Chimaev’s next opponent, Chimaev and the...

UFC Rankings Report: Dos Anjos Moves Ahead of Oliveira

The UFC rankings have been updated following UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark! Check out all the changes below! Men’s Pound for Pound: No Changes...

Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Morono Added to Dec. 19 Fight Night

UFC on ESPN: Thompson vs. Neal has added a final fight to its lineup when Anthony Pettis faces Alex Morono on December 19. After Leon...

Claressa Shields: MMA Treats Women Better Than Boxing Does

Claressa Shields believes that there is a noticeable difference in how women are treated in MMA versus their treatment in boxing, and this played...

Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal New Headliner for Dec. 19 Fight Night

Following the cancellation of the Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards main event, the new headliner for the December 19 Fight Night will now be...

Brandon Moreno Doesn’t Plan On Respecting Figueiredo At UFC 256

Brandon Moreno believes there is a time and a place for when to show reigning flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo respect. Days after both men emerged...

BREAKING: Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev Off Dec. 19 Card

Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev will not be fighting one another on December 19 after all. Earlier in the week, reports came out the Chimaev...

Dana White Not Interested In Promoting Anderson Silva vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Dana White doesn't have any interest in promotion an 'old guy' fight between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. For years now, Silva and Jones...