Anthony Pettis Looking to Make a Big Return at UFC on FOX 6
– Anthony Pettis recently spoke about coming back from injury to fight at UFC on FOX 6. Here are the highlights…
On What He Learned From His Time Off For Injury: “One of them is, I’m not just a kid and can jump right back from injuries. I’ve had injuries when I was younger and I’d jump right back and be ready to go. Now I have to worry about my body long-term and do it the right way. I can’t cut any corners, I can’t take any shortcuts. This has to be done and healed up 100 percent, or my career is at stake. That’s a big lesson I learned.”
On His Training: “Training’s going good – I’m back at it 100 percent,” he said. “It’s feeling good to be able to do my craft without any injuries or complaints. I’m excited to get back in the cage and continue my legacy. I’m going for that belt.”
On When He Beat Ben Henderson: “Coming off the performance against Ben Henderson – look at where Ben Henderson’s at (now),” he said. “When I fought him, I had one of the best fights of my life that night. I was on point and everything was perfect. In the Guida fight, I didn’t feel the same. It was a combination of a lot of things that led me to have that performance. As MMA fighters, if we have a bad day, that bad day lasts with us till our next fight. On a regular job, if you have a bad day, the next day you have a chance to redeem yourself. Not us. Everybody only remembers your last fight. There were a lot of doubters. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the social media stuff. I know my skills and how good I am and how I can fight. And I showed it in the past. It’s not a fluke – it’s not lucky that I beat Ben Henderson. It’s not lucky that I beat all these other guys. It’s just sometimes you have off days.”
On Earning a Title Shot: “Even if they tell me directly that I’m at the top of the top, I still wouldn’t believe it,” Pettis said. “I’m not even playing into that title shot stuff anymore. When it comes, it comes. I’ll just keep lining them up.
“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. 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.”