Pettis: I’m going to knock Melendez out

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anthony Pettis will square off in a coaching gig against Gilbert Melendez on the next season of TUF, and then fight him for the lightweight title. Pettis will hope to beat him as a coach and then knock him out in their fight:

“I’m not going to take him down,” he said at a Q&A session this past Friday prior to the weigh-ins for UFC 171 in Dallas. “I’m probably going to knock him out.”

That’s not to say Pettis thinks it’s going to be easy to stop the former Strikeforce champion and onetime UFC title challenger, who coaches opposite him on “The Ultimate Fighter 20″ in advance of their title fight later this year.

“Gilbert’s going to be a good fight,” he said. “I’m excited to coach ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ It should be a fun show, and no, I’m not a wrestler, so I’m looking for the knockout.”

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