Pettis dropped a split decision to Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 81 last weekend, who largely relied on his wrestling game to earn the nod from two of three judges. Pettis was fighting for the first time since March, 2014, when he was decisioned by Rafael dos Anjos. The latter’s wrestling and top game also played a pivotal role in delivering the win.
Recently Punk spoke to USA Today (MMA Junkie), and while discussing the defeat of Pettis, the Roufusport fighter said:
“The obvious thing to say is ‘work more on his wrestling,’ but it’s the fight game and everything ebbs and flows and things change,” Punk said. “I think Anthony is actually a fantastic wrestler. One could even say that if that fight with Alvarez was five rounds, Anthony would’ve beat him…I think he needs to just keep doing what he’s doing. This was the first time he’s traveled outside of Milwaukee to train. He’s training (wrestling) with Izzy Martinez, and I think that’s the right direction to go – you just build off that.”
Following the loss Pettis dropped two spots in the UFC 155 rankings and is ranked #3.