Anthony Pettis rebounded from his second career loss by scoring a split decision over Jeremy Stephens this past weekend at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III. For “Showtime,” it was all about proving to critics that he does have wrestling after Clay Guida took him down and held him there this past June.
Pettis, however, wasn’t all that happy with how the fight with Stephens went, but is glad to be back on the winning track. The former WEC champion is now 14-2 in his career.
“I’m happy that I got the victory, but for me, it was like a mental loss because I know I can perform much better than that,” said Pettis, in an interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “I really wanted to focus on my wrestling and my top game against Jeremy and show everyone that I am well-rounded, and that I do have wrestling.”
“Showtime” was set to fight for the UFC lightweight title, but a draw between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard forced a rematch. That left Pettis either waiting on the sidelines, or having to put his No. 1 contender spot on the line. He took the Guida bout and was unable to mount much offense against “The Carpenter,” falling by decision. The Stephens fight, however, failed to get the sour taste out of Pettis’ mouth completely.
“I think I could have done better,” Pettis said. “When you go to the UFC, it’s not all about ‘Showtime’ kicking or knocking everybody out. Get people down, hold them down, and you win fights.”