Anthony Pettis may have lost his promised title shot last night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, but — if his attitude is any indication of the future — “Showtime” will likely emerge fromt he experience a better, more complete fighter.
Pettis fought lightweight buzz saw Clay Guida in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and, despite showing impressive offense from his back, he was out-wrestled by the more experienced Guida and controlled for the majority of the three round bout. Speaking with MMAJunkie.com post-fight, Pettis discussed the disappointing loss and indicated how he plans to bounce back from it.
“I feel I had some holes in my game, and Clay Guida and (Guida’s trainer) Greg Jackson did a great job of having a good gameplan,” said the 24-year-old. “I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get better there.”
Though the judges’ scores of 30-27 across the board were less than fully indicative of how close the bout actually was, Pettis realizes that, at this stage in the sport, a fighter who is on top will almost always be awarded points over the fighter on his back, regardless of who does more damage. As a result, he plans to shore up the holes in his defense that allowed for him to be taken and held down so frequently.
“I think I knew control-wise, he was on top, and he did a good job staying on top,” he said. “I couldn’t get my submissions off. I attempted a lot. I hit him a lot. I just understand how the game works. If he controls you, you lose the round. I didn’t do enough to get up off my back, so big up to Clay.
“I’m going to work on it and come back stronger.”