Dos Anjos and Pettis fought at UFC 185 in March, and RDA overwhelmed “Showtime” with punishing shots, takedowns and a relentless top game. Heading into the bout, keen observers and pundits understood that dos Anjos was no joke–defeating Benson Henderon and Donald Cerrone will do that–but the consensus was that Pettis would win (Dana White had said the dynamic fighter might be the planet’s best P4P fighter…)
Well, recently Pettis spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and the former champ relayed he wants to fight RDA again, and wants to do so, very, very badly.
“As a man, I need that rematch,” Pettis said. “I know I can do better than that, and that’s what I want.”
“If he has the belt, that’s what I want,” Pettis added. “If he doesn’t have the belt, I want him.”
How about that huh? Considering Pettis is currently ranked as the division’s #1 contender, and that he’s just 28 years-old and RDA is 30, there’s a good chance they’ll meet again. Yes, even if it’s not for the belt.
Pettis went on to add that he felt off that March 14th night, and that he was dealing with some type of “mental block”, where he felt like he couldn’t hurt the well rounded fighter. That’s interesting to hear that. You also have to wonder how the fight would have gone if dos Anjos hadn’t rocked Pettis early on (and broken his orbital bone).
Of course, RDA-Pettis II isn’t going to happen any time soon. The new champ is currently sidelined with a knee injury, and when he returns to action later in the year, he’s expected to face Cerrone one more time. Then, of course, there’s also Khabib Nurmagomedov lurking in the wings, who holds a win over dos Anjos.