Gray Maynard isn’t the only fighter who doesn’t exactly buy into the hype surrounding Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone recently spoke with Pro MMA Radio, the official radio show of FightLine.com, about his former WEC peer and echoed Maynard’s previously made criticism that Pettis may not be all he’s cracked up to be.
“Pettis is overrated. I just think he’s too flashy,” said Cerrone. “He’s not what everyone thinks he is. First of all, he should have not taken a fight. He should have sat on his ass and waited for his title shot. I wouldn’t have done that, I would have fought too because I can’t sit around, but now where does he go? Who knows, hopefully he goes against me, because that would be awesome.”
Pettis, a 24-year-old Duke Roufus product, thrilled and won over a legion of fans during his tenure in the WEC, which was punctuated by a highlight-reel off-the-cage jump kick — now known as the “Showtime Kick” — that netted him the last WEC lightweight championship and a guaranteed shot at the winner of the rubber match between UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
When it became clear that waiting for Edgar and Maynard to settle their business would keep him out of the cage for an inordinate amount of time, Pettis accepted a fight against Clay Guida in order to stay busy. The match up proved to be a bad one for Pettis, who was out-wrestled en route to a unanimous decision loss in what was his UFC debut.
Cerrone, on the other hand, has racked up two UFC victories in as many appearances, taking out Paul Kelly via second round submission in February and decisioning an outmatched late replacement in Vagner Rocha earlier this month at UFC 131.