Anthony Pettis thanks Nate Diaz for advice to beat the Cowboy

Surging UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis appears in an interview with MMA Fighting to address his ultra impressive victory over Donald Cerrone

He states that he was never in trouble or hurt in the fight. Pettis also acknowledges that Nate Diaz assisted him in gameplanning for the bout.

When asked if he is the number one contender, Pettis replies that he is the best Lightweight period.


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    January 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I'm super hyped for Pettis to fight Bendo. Ideally Pettis will destroy Bendo and send him packing to the welterweight division. Than we can have a dream matchup Nate Diaz vs Pettis.

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    January 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Only advise Nate can give Pettis when he fights Bendo again is, once the going gets tough hit him with the double bird for the moral victory.

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    Evan Holober

    January 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Stylistically, Anthony still has the upper hand against Ben. Shame he'll have to wait on the Henderson-Melendez match up though.

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      January 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Pettis and Bendo are pretty much even in my opinion.

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      January 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      People would crap their pants if Melendez beat both of them…not that I see that happening though.

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      Bruce Lee

      January 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Stylistically I would have thought a wrestler would be a bigger concern for a Tae Kwon Do practitioner.

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        January 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        Pettis has been training with Ben Askren every day for the past couple of years.. I highly doubt he'll get outwrestled again like Guida did him… Especially cause that made him commit to improve his wrestling which he showed in the Jeremy Stephens fight… Just 4 months after fighting Guida. I think Bendo is in trouble… and i'm a hugeeeeee Bendo fan!! Pettis will whoop Gilbert too one way or another i see Pettis wearing UFC Gold this year….!

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        Evan Holober

        January 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Breaking it down to their first respective disciplines, both are tae kwon do practicioners (Ben trained in that before wrestling).

        As MMA's both have added enough to not be thought of as either.

        Pettis's skill set just trumps Bens. His power keeps Ben honest, and the fact that most of Ben's takedowns are clinch related instead of blast doubles (ala Guida), means Ben will always have a tough match up against Pettis. His kicks have gotten better, but that means next to nothing against Anthony.

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    January 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Pettis is soo much more exciting then Henderson. That alone is why I would much rather him be the champ.

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    Brian Cox

    January 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    That shin to Cerone's liver was impressive, man.

    In terms of a match-up, both Pettis and Henderson are incredible fighters, both of whom are very dynamic. On the face of it, I guess you'd have to give the nod to Pettis in power and for the previous win over Bendo. However, with that said, Bendo isn't the same guy that lost and he's a Champion in the biggest fight promotion, out there and there's something about being Champion that's beneficial.

    This fight could go either way. I really like and respect both fighters. I'll be happy no matter who wins and at the end of it, the division will still have a great Champ.

    …still miss Frankie, though.

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      January 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Unfortunately for Cerrone, he doesnt adapt in a fight. Its the same Cerrone each time. After the first kick to the side, he should have been covering up…kinda like Nate Marquart getting kicked until his leg fell off.

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