Anthony Pettis only fought twice in 15 months due to nagging injuries. Despite the lack of competition, Pettis has used some impressive footwork to become the No. 1 contender to Jose Aldo’s featherweight belt.
“I feel like my stand-up’s something he’s never seen,” said Pettis to Bleacher Report. “He’s not going to be able to find training partners that can do what I do. I’m bigger than him, I can match him in speed and power and I’ve got a style like nobody else.”
The two fights were round one wins for Pettis. His feet allowed him to take Knockout of the Night over Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone.
Aldo is untouched as a featherweight with 22 wins. He has six title defenses since winning the initial belt out of the WEC in 2009.
They headline UFC 163 on August 3. It comes from Brazil’s HSBC Arena.