Anthony Pettis: “He felt a lot stronger than me.”

On the latest episode of MMA Hour former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis revealed a change in his preparation for his fight against Eddie Alvarez which may help explain his “smoother” physical appearance and uncharacteristically flat performance.

“I focused too much on the wrestling.  I was working with Israel Martinez.  I was out there from Wednesday to Sunday pretty much.  Most of my camp was out there wrestling, and I’m not a wrestler.  I’m not going to catch up to these wrestler guys… I need to avoid the wrestling with knees and striking and avoid the wrestling.  Eddie got me into these positions, he felt a lot stronger than me.  That was another issue I had to address right away.  I didn’t feel as strong as I used to feel in the octagon… I let people talk me into trying to wrestle.” 

Host Ariel Helwani:  “Did you do any strength and conditioning going into this fight?”

No I didn’t.  The only thing I did for this fight is wrestle.  I listened to advice that was given to me by some coaches.  It was my first time trying it and I wont be doing it again.”

“Showtime” also touched on trying to cash in on “red panty night” after RDA pulled out of UFC 196.

“I spoke to Dana, I spoke to Joe Silva.  RDA pulled out obviously, they weren’t going to make him (McGregor) fight anyone he didn’t want to fight… I wasn’t too excited about it.  I knew there were easier opponents he’d want to fight. 

Pettis faces the talented and dangerous striker Edson Barbosa in what promises to be a fan-friendly stylistic dream match-up at UFC 197 on April 23rd.



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