Pettis: I’m not a little boy anymore
At only 20 years old, Sergio Pettis is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC, but he is also one of the most talked about prospects despite coming off a loss. The loss, versus Alex Cacares, taught him some good lessons and he is looking forward to showing an improved skill set and more importantly an improved 'fight IQ' in his next fight:
“That fight taught me a lot,” Pettis said. “No one likes to lose, but as Duke always says, ‘Losing is like your medicine. Don’t be bitter, get better.’ I learned a lot in that fight. It was my first time in deep waters and I froze up and made a mistake. Caceres capitalized on it and that made me learn that I need to be more cautious. My fight IQ is much better and I’m ready to show my improvements in this next fight.”
A long Wisconsin winter inside the gym provided the platform for frustration to be molded into motivation and Pettis has every intention of putting version 2.0 on display. That opportunity will come when he faces Yaotzin Meza this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov and he plans to give the Albuquerque crowd a good look at the growth he’s made since his last showing.
“The winter was long and we are just now barely getting over it,” Pettis said. “There is nothing to do in Milwaukee during the winter so I stayed in the gym the entire time. I got past my eye surgery, which was a very good success. I can see now and I cannot wait to get to Albuquerque and put my hands on Yaotzin Meza. I want to make a statement in this fight.
“I’m not a little boy anymore. My body is starting to look like a man and I’m starting to act and think like a man as well. This is my career and I’m fully invested in it in every way. My career is on the line in this fight and so is his. We are both coming off losses and we are going to see who wants it more.”