Here’s the great thing about Anthony Pettis versus Nate Diaz. nobody knows what is going to happen.
There are just too many variables to balance here. The kickboxing styling of Tony Pettis meshing with the boxing of Nathan Diaz. How will Pettis look at welterweight again? Remember when Anthony used to kill himself to get down to 145? Is 170 pound Anthony Pettis the next great MMA Mythological figure?
Then there’s Diaz. MMA’s Never Ending Story always circles back to a Diaz. Three years away from the cage is a hell of mountain to climb. How fast can Nate shake off the ring rust? Will Pettis even give him a chance to warm-up from 0-100?
Both Pettis and Diaz like this match-up and think the other is easy work. On Saturday night, someone is going to be proven very wrong.
Speaking with the UFC, Showtime sounds both cocky and confident.
“Man, Nate Diaz is not a real welterweight. I think the fans forget he’s not won at welterweight. The guys he fought at welterweight, MacDonald, the other Korean guy that whooped his ass . He’s not a real welterweight. His only win is against McGregor. McGregor’s not a real welterweight. I beat ‘Wonderboy.’ I’m not even worried about this fight, honestly and I’m not being cocky. I just have so much confidence coming into this fight and I train my ass off, so that’s where this confidence is coming from.”
Anthony Pettis continued
“I don’t know if it’s an advantage fighting Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is a fighter’s fighter. He likes to bleed, he comes forward. I’m expecting a dog fight, but I’m a little more intelligent than him. I have more tools in my toolbox and I don’t see where he gets it done. Where’s he gonna beat me at?”
Check out Anthony Pettis from the UFC 241 media day.