Alvarez joined the UFC last fall, was out gunned by Donald Cerrone in his debut, and lost via UD. Then in June, Alvarez battled his way to a split decision victory over Melendez, and showed a ton of heart while doing so.
Well, recently Pettis attended a Q&A session in Houston, and “Showtime” was asked about Alvarez. The two are expected to fight at the UFC’s January 17th card in Boston.
Here is some of what the former champ had to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m focused on Eddie Alvarez, another good fighter, (but) based on his last two performances, I’m not that impressed,” Pettis said. “If I’m in there 100 percent and I’m healthy and fight the way I fight, I don’t think he’s even a challenge.”
Wow. Alvarez and his supporters likely won’t be thrilled by these comments. Of course, Pettis could also just be saying this, as a way to get in Alvarez’s head.On the other hand, considering what Pettis has showcased when he’s at his best, he could very well believe what he said.
It’s going to be interested to see what unfolds when they scrap. Alvarez has great hands, no doubt, but he doesn’t have the vicious arsenal that Pettis has on the feet. But, Alvarez does have an underrated wrestling and grappling game, which he put to good use against Melendez.
Bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw is scheduled to fight Dominick Cruz in the January 17th card’s headliner.