Anthony Pettis stunned the world Saturday night in Nashville by stopping #4 ranked UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson in the 2nd round of the main event. It was Pettis’s first fight in the welterweight division after a long history at both 155 and 145 lbs in the UFC. So what made the former lightweight champion call out “Wonderboy” in the first place?
“His ranking man. Number 4 in the world. I don’t want to fight no one behind me, especially at lightweight. That’s why I was like ‘let’s move up.’ And the results show.”
It wasn’t easy however. Pettis struggled in the first round dealing with the length of the Karate based style Thompson.
“He was catching me with his jab. I knew he had the range on me, so I was trying to eat him up with the low kicks. I knew I was hurting his back leg, and that’s what set up that right hand.”
Now with a win at 170 lbs, Pettis also addressed what his future holds, and more specifically, will he be staying at 170 or dropping back down to 155 lbs?
“I’ll be here for awhile man (at 170 lbs). I’m not done at 155. There’s a couple names at 170, I want RDA (Rafael Dos Anjos) back, that’s one of the fights I need. And at 155, if Dana wants to give it to me, the winner of Barboza and Gaethje…I’m ready.”