Following their respective defeats at UFC 185, the Pettis brothers have been forced to evaluate some things, and it looks as though they’ve decided not to fight on the same card again.
Early on at the March 14th event, Sergio Pettis was stopped by Ryan Benoit, and then his older brother Anthony Pettis lost the lightweight title to Rafafel dos Anjos. “Showtime” got hit with some heavy shots early on, and ended up losing by unanimous decision.
Recently, Anthony appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing the disastrous evening, the renowned fighter stated (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“The biggest thing I think I’m gonna change is me and my little bro fighting on the same card,” Pettis said. “The first time it went amazing, the second time not so well. He got knocked out, I had to watch that and get up mentally for my fight. Not making excuses or nothing, but them little things could have triggered my performance.”
“He gets knocked out and then you gotta reset the battery, reset everything and try to get back up for the next fight,” Pettis added. “I think it was just a little bit too much for everybody emotionally to go through. Next time if I’m fighting in a big fight like that, it has to be all about me.”
Now sure, critics might argue that Pettis is fishing here for excuses, but it certainly would be tough to watch your younger brother get stopped, and then re-focus on your fight. Especially when you’re about to take on one of the lightweight division’s most complete fighters. Pettis did add that despite having to see his brother get taken out, he doesn’t believe it “messed” him up “mentally”.
Pettis also discussed the fact that his vision was hindered by the big punch dos Anjos landed early on, but also noted that’s no excuse for not stuffing the latter’s takedowns or cutting the wrong angles. Recently it was revealed that Pettis incurred a broken orbital bone during the fight.
UFC 185 went down at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.