Pettis: I want the belt

Friday, December 21, 2012

“He’s dangerous everywhere. I really have a lot of respect for his skill set,” Pettis said. “He’s a good kickboxer, he’s good off his back, he’s got decent wrestling – he’s as tough as they come. This is going to be a fight where someone’s going to make a mistake, and we have to capitalize. I’m training for a tough, tough fight with someone who’s good everywhere.”

If a win over Cerrone puts Pettis back in a title fight with Henderson, one in which he is once again chasing Henderson’s belt, that’s fine. If he has to wait a little longer, he’s used to it. And if someone else has Henderson’s title in the meantime, that’s fine, too.

Pettis knows why he’s here, and it doesn’t much matter who’s staring across the octagon from him.

“I should’ve had a title shot two years ago, and here we are in 2013 and I still have to fight my way to the top,” he said. “I’m not complaining about it, but there was a lot of stuff that didn’t happen. Until it really happens, then I’ll believe it.

“I don’t really care (who I fight). I beat Henderson once already, so it’s not for me to have a rematch. I don’t really care who it is. I beat him once, and I want the belt, so if it’s him and me, let’s do it.”

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