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Anthony Pettis Plans To Come Back Stronger From Loss To Guida

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 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.”