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Former UFC lightweight champ reveals planned drop to featherweight

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McGregor 3 19%
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With three straight losses on his record, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has decided to shake things up.

“Showtime” announced the move on his official Instagram account. MMAFighting.com reported he will enlist the services of nutritionist Mike Dolce to oversee the weight cut.

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Post #1   6/8/16 11:50:26AM   

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I went other, and by other I do not mean Jeremy Stephens...I am thinking Renan Barao. They both have 3 fight loss streaks to outstanding partners and are moving weight classes for the 1st/2nd time so I think that part is even. They are also both soo good I'd hate to see such a tune up fight that they straight up just merc a dude who shouldn't even be in that kind of fight. If not Renan Barao then it just needs to be a proven guy, these fighters don't need anymore build up fights, they are established champions on a skid, they need a win.

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Ched Mendes is the perfect introduction to FW for him. If he gets by him, he is in the top 5 mix, if he doesn't he goes where he should in standing.

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Posted by GDPofMPG

Ched Mendes is the perfect introduction to FW for him. If he gets by him, he is in the top 5 mix, if he doesn't he goes where he should in standing.




I doubt they give him a top 5 fighter when he is coming off 3 losses in a row and one more from getting cut

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A tune up fight would be best for him.

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Post #5   6/8/16 2:24:20PM   

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Charles Oliveira, please

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Interesting move for Showtime! Will his speed & power translate? Would love to see him make a title run

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I voted 'other' because of his losing skid.

I like three guys:
- Renan Barao (fight for relevancy)
- Darrin Elkins (proves whether Pettis is a top 10 FW)
- Brian Ortega (I don't know why I like this fight, but I just do lol)

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I went other as well. He's not getting a fight with either of those guys coming off of 3 losses. Jeremy Stephens rematch works but Im hoping for Cub Swanson personally. Great matchup stylistically.

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He looks pretty gaunt when weighing in at 155 I think 145 will be difficult for him.

I just can't see Pettis making another run for the title again, too many tough guys on his same level. He has a clear weakness with guys grinding and clinching with him and sapping his speed, I think it could be a size issue but maybe more a strength issue as Pettis has always been pretty lean

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Posted by GDPofMPG

Ched Mendes is the perfect introduction to FW for him. If he gets by him, he is in the top 5 mix, if he doesn't he goes where he should in standing.




I doubt they give him a top 5 fighter when he is coming off 3 losses in a row and one more from getting cut



There's not a chance in hell that they would cut Pettis for one more loss.

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Yeah when I put the poll up i was talking more in general who would u like to see him fight. A crack at the top 3 is probably off the board. I think him vs Connor would be an awesome fight.

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I don't see a win for Pettis anywhere in the FW top 10. He'd have to fight Jury, Elkins, or Kawajiri to even have a chance at the top 20. Would love to see him get ground to dust by Elkins, but as someone else pointed out even with a loss he won't get deservedly cut.

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Posted by jbmoviefan

I don't see a win for Pettis anywhere in the FW top 10. He'd have to fight Jury, Elkins, or Kawajiri to even have a chance at the top 20. Would love to see him get ground to dust by Elkins, but as someone else pointed out even with a loss he won't get deservedly cut.



3 losses to top guys at LW make him a sub-par talent all of a sudden?? RDA, Alvarez, and Barboza, all top 5 or fringe top 5 talents. That suddenly negates that prior to that he had back to back subs over Henderson and Gilbert Melendez? He's still an extremely talented fighter.

Were you holding this stance on Edgar too when he had dropped 3 in a row to Henderson 2x and Aldo? I think he could match up with several top 10 at FW in fights that are winnable for him. I think Elkins is winnable, stylistically on paper it'd be a tough match, but not unwinnable. On paper he have a chance against Holloway, he already holds a win over Stephens at 155, though Stephens has improved a lot since then, so that'd be an interesting rematch. I think Swanson, Bermudez, and Ortega are all winnable fights for him too. He's not complete trash just because he dropped a few fights. He's still a top 10 talent that, in my opinion, just needs a win a to get that confidence back and get back to his championship form.

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Posted by jbmoviefan

I don't see a win for Pettis anywhere in the FW top 10. He'd have to fight Jury, Elkins, or Kawajiri to even have a chance at the top 20. Would love to see him get ground to dust by Elkins, but as someone else pointed out even with a loss he won't get deservedly cut.



3 losses to top guys at LW make him a sub-par talent all of a sudden?? RDA, Alvarez, and Barboza, all top 5 or fringe top 5 talents. That suddenly negates that prior to that he had back to back subs over Henderson and Gilbert Melendez? He's still an extremely talented fighter.

Were you holding this stance on Edgar too when he had dropped 3 in a row to Henderson 2x and Aldo? I think he could match up with several top 10 at FW in fights that are winnable for him. I think Elkins is winnable, stylistically on paper it'd be a tough match, but not unwinnable. On paper he have a chance against Holloway, he already holds a win over Stephens at 155, though Stephens has improved a lot since then, so that'd be an interesting rematch. I think Swanson, Bermudez, and Ortega are all winnable fights for him too. He's not complete trash just because he dropped a few fights. He's still a top 10 talent that, in my opinion, just needs a win a to get that confidence back and get back to his championship form.



Edgar's the man, one of the best in the UFC, and arguably won all 3 of those fights. Pettis is flashy and fun to watch but he has easily exploitable holes in his game given his limited wrestling skills and tendency to fold against pressure fighters. I 'd like to see him fight Stephens again, which would be a good measuring stick of his abilities at FW. I like the idea of the Elkins fight more because it's one people would expect Pettis to win, and deservedly so, but it's also a fight he could easily lose.

You're right though, I don't think Pettis is that good. I picked him to lose 3 times in a row, and that's exactly what he did. I could see Pettis having a good fight with Cub, but he'll get killed by Bermudez, Ortega, and absolutely slaughtered by Holloway. If Pettis makes a run at 145 it's going to be more about favorable matchmaking than his actual skills.

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