Anthony Pettis Says he is Not Done With MMA Yet
Former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis won a majority decision over Roy Jones Jr. in the main event of Gamebred Boxing 4 Saturday night at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The scores were 77-75, 78-74, and 76-76 for Pettis in his boxing debut and now as a free agent, Pettis seems to have options in both boxing and MMA.
In the post-event press conference, Pettis was asked what would be next for him, especially since his debut went well. Pettis said, “I’m not done with MMA yet.”
He added, “I still got some MMA left in me, I definitely want to move up to 170 pounds. I think doing that tournament at 155, I just couldn’t be myself. I was cutting way too much. I didn’t feel good in the training camp. So, I think once I figure out the weight class in mixed martial arts and the opportunities, you know I’m a free agent right now. So I get to sit back and take the fights as they come, I’m in a good spot.”
If the event was lucrative, he could be in a really good spot. Jones Jr. expressed interest in a rematch after their match.
Jones Jr. said, “For me, I like to come in and entertain the fans. My job is to come in and make sure that the fans get what they paid for, and I’m all good with that. I think it was a good fight. He did a great job and fought a very smart fight. I think I educated him and taught him a lot in this fight. So I think if I fought him again it would be even better because he knows a lot more now. I think it would be a really good rematch.”
Pettis told Jones Jr. he would be honored to do a rematch, but the jury is still out on if it is something fight fans want to see.
As a welterweight, Pettis earned victories over Stephen Thompson, Donald Cerrone, and Alex Morono. At 36, Pettis certainly has some time to make a run at welterweight, fans will just have to wait and see where when he does go back to MMA.
What do you think is next for Pettis?
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 30 years of martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour podcast, and also writes for Spectation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel