In his recent featherweight debut success at UFC on Fox 21, Anthony Pettis decides to stay at 145 lbs. The former UFC lightweight champion defeated top contender Charles Oliveira by submission in the third round. After his win, Pettis said that he is entertaining the thought of a Pettis vs Holloway fight in New York at UFC 205.
In a report published by MMA Mania, Pettis is willing to fight anyone in the division to get a title shot. Pettis’ long-time coach Duke Roufus thinks that Max Holloway would be an excellent fight for Pettis.
“I believe Frankie (Edgar) is going to fight Dennis Bermudez — it’s rumored,” Roufus said. “We can’t fight (Jose) Aldo yet. We probably need another contender fight. Ricardo Lamas is fighting BJ (Penn).”
“I think the only guy out there without a fight right now who is a top contender is Max Holloway,” he added.
“I’ve made my decision, I think me and Max Holloway would be a great fight. He’s sitting there on the sidelines waiting for a title shot, as well. He’s No. 3 in the world at featherweight and that’s the guy I would love to see myself fighting at 145 pounds. But then at 155 pounds, there are still good fights for me, too. I just have to sit down and figure it out,” Pettis said in an interview.
As for Holloway, according to Lowkick MMA, he deserves a title shot after an incredible nine straight victories, however the division has been held up because Conor McGregor decided to move up. McGregor is expected to go back to featherweight in the future for a possible rematch with interim titleholder Jose Aldo. This means that Holloway would have to wait and be likely taking on other fights.
So who’s excited to see a Pettis vs Holloway fight at UFC 205 in New York?
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