Pettis: I'm not the same fighter


Anthony Pettis has been a number one contender in the lightweight division for a while, and finally the circumstances have aligned and he will be granted a UFC lightweight title shot versus Benson Henderson. Henderson defeated Pettis by a slim margin for the final WEC lightweight title, but knows that neither him nor Benson are the same fighter they were for that fight:

"I was super ready for the Aldo fight. I was down to 160, I was cutting weight already, so my weight is perfect for 155," said Pettis. "A seven-week training camp is more than enough time. I'm always in shape so that's not an issue for me. I just feel like I have what it takes to beat this guy, man.

"I always knew this fight was going to happen. I've been thinking about this guy for two years now, so I go through this gameplan all the time -- how I'm going to fight him, how I'm going to beat him.

"[Henderson is] a whole new fighter, a way different fighter than he was in the WEC days. But I am, too. It's not like I'm the same Anthony Pettis you fought in Arizona. This is a totally different Anthony Pettis. It's funny because my last two fights, the world only got to see me perform for like two minutes, so no one really knows how much I've evolved as a fighter. I'm excited to get out there and show what I've been working on." 

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Deuce77 site profile image  

7/18/13 11:20 AM by Deuce77


OGT site profile image  

7/18/13 10:37 AM by OGT

how close is ass close? =)

OGT site profile image  

7/18/13 10:33 AM by OGT


Zed Wayne Zed site profile image  

7/17/13 12:09 PM by Zed Wayne Zed

I think people, including myself, are forgetting how good of a fighter Henderson is.He's won all those decisions, ass close as they were, and no one has come close to finishing him since Pettis.Henderson has to be the fav. here.Pettis has a chance, but to me, he has to finish to win, because I am not sure the Showtime Kick will make an appearance a second time vs the champ.

MediumRareMistake site profile image  

7/17/13 11:56 AM by MediumRareMistake

Worried Pettis doesn't have enough of a camp but we'll see

Sandía site profile image  

7/17/13 10:28 AM by Sandía

Shouldn't it read "Pettis defeated Henderson by a slim margin for the final WEC lightweight title" in the story?

Aaron Becker site profile image  

7/17/13 8:43 AM by Aaron Becker

I feel like Henderson would have evolved farther along with his 5 round title fights than what Pettis would have. But then Pettis has gotten real good at making sure his fights don't go the distance.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

7/17/13 5:06 AM by KingofBJJ

Huh? They still haven't change it?  Why?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

7/17/13 3:57 AM by MMALOGIC

cant wait for this fight...  now let's also get Grant/josh thompson on the toronto card and we're kosher.

DontBeScaredGomi site profile image  

7/17/13 3:27 AM by DontBeScaredGomi

Lol came to post the same