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26th Aug 2016

Anthony Pettis looking a shadow of himself ahead of UFC featherweight debut

Stepping down

Patrick McCarry

Showtime is a man that cares about looking good and how he looks.

Ever since he landed in World Extreme Cagefighting in 2009, Anthony Pettis has been one to watch. He stormed to a 13-1 record before Clay Guida defeated him in TUF [Lesnar v dos Santos] in 2011.

He then went on a five-fight win streak that accounted for the likes of Gilbert Melendez, Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and won him the UFC Lightweight belt. Then, the wheels came off.

Three successive losses have seen him drop to No.7 in the lightweight rankings and he’s now testing himself in the featherweight division. Conor McGregor’s division.

However, for a man that walks around close to 170 lbs, the cut for UFC Vancouver, this Saturday, has had a drastic effect on his body.

Pettis will fight Charles Oliveira at 145 lbs and looked a shadow of his usual self when interviewed ahead of the fight for UFC on FOX.

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“I’m feeling good. The weight cut was a big process…

“I’m in this organisation to be a champion and I feel like at 155 lbs I lost to Eddie Alvarez, the champ, Rafael dos Anjos, the champ, and Edson Barboza, who will probably get a title shot. I feel 145 will open a new path. It’s a whole new division of guys I can get matched up with.”

“Two division champ, sounds good to me,” he said.

Pettis v Oliveira will serve as the scene-setter for a main event that features Demian Maia versus Carlos Condit.

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