Pettis: I’m too intelligent to fight like Melendez vs. Sanchez
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis recently appeared on BJ Penn radio, ahead of his title defense against Josh Thomson on Dec. 14 at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento, California.
On the near horizon sits Gilbert Melendez, who recently had what some have called the best fight ever, vs. Diego Sanchez. The pair threw down with abandon round after round, but Pettis says don’t expect a repeat.
“That’s not my fight,” said ‘Showtime’. “You’ll never see Anthony Pettis in a fight like that. I’m too intelligent, too skilled, and too versatile to be standing with someone toe-to-toe. It was pretty entertaining, though, and the fans love it … it’s just not really my style.
“Melendez is a great fighter and I’m sure we’re going to fight in the future. It was a very entertaining fight with Diego and Melendez but like I said, it’s not my style. You’re never going to see me in a match like that. Too much skill and talent to be caught up in a brawling match.”
“I’m not saying I won’t get into an exchange, that’s just not my style to get hit like that. If you watch my fights, I’ve gotten hit once or twice out of my whole career. It’s not that I can’t take it, it’s just that I don’t need to get hit. Why get hit in the face when I can hit you before you hit me? I’m not afraid to get into an exchange but I have an intelligent fight style and I think Josh is going to have a problem with it and anybody in the 155, 145 is going to have a problem with my fight style.”
“I can’t wait to get through Josh Thomson and fight Gilbert Melendez. The fans know what’s up. The real fans that saw his fight with Henderson and saw my fight with Henderson, they know who the champ is. It took me four minutes to finish him and he couldn’t finish him in 25.”