UFC Fight Night 81 will get under way in just a few hours, and in the co-headliner, Anthony Pettis will throw down with Eddie Alvarez. It’s an intriguing and must see fight, not only because of each man’s skills and resume, but it’s a pivotal scrap for both.
Pettis will be fighting for the first time since he lost the lightweight belt to Rafael dos Anjos last March. So, if he were to lose for the second time in a row–he’s never done that before–it would be a pretty sizeable setback in his quest to reclaim the belt.
Alvarez, meanwhile, is coming off a win over Gilbert Melendez, but before that he was decisioned by Donald Cerrone. If the former Bellator champ hopes to fight for the UFC belt any time soon, he also needs a win.
In advance of the fight, the UFC has posted the preview below, featuring Mr. Joe Rogan.