‘Showtime’ Pettis Talks Potenial Bout With Teammate
Anthony Pettis is set to face Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson this weekend, at welterweight. This marks the former lightweight champion’s first fight at 170lbs.
When talking on potential match-ups for Pettis at welterweight, a name that came up is UFC newcomer, Ben Askren. During his UFC Nashville pre-fight scrum, this topic was brought up.
Pettis had high things to say about his fellow Rofusport teammate, Askren. He says that he has done enough rounds with Askren in the gym to know that a bout with the former Olympian would not go well.
“I would never fight Ben Askren. I’ll save myself the embarrassment. That dude’s a f—ing monster.”
Ben Askren is a former Olympic wrestler, and undefeated in his MMA career. It is no secret that Anthony Pettis has struggled against similar stylistic match-ups as Askren presents. The heavy wrestling pace of Askren would provided Pettis with tough times.
Askren is coming off a victory over Robbie Lawler, while Pettis has been trading wins and losses. If Pettis can earn a victory over the former two-time title challenger Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, it will open up a lot of possibilities for ‘Showtime.’
Anthony Pettis is looking to put together a win streak in a new weight class. He has been unable to put together a solid run since losing his UFC Lightweight Title to Rafael dos Anjos in 2015. Pettis looks to make a big statement in his main event bout against ‘Wonderboy.’
Anthony Pettis vs Stephen Thompson takes place this weekend in Nashville, TN. It airs live on ESPN+.