Pettis is preparing to face Max Holloway at UFC 206 this Saturday, which will headline the Toronto, Ontario card. The bout will be contested for the interim featherweight title.
So why is Pettis talking about McGregor? Well, back in 2013, the lightweight champ and now former 145 king faced Holloway at UFC FN 26. McGregor injured his knee during the bout, but went on to win a unanimous decision victory. Pettis was a guest on the UFC’s “Unfiltered” podcast recently, and “Showtime” had this to say about Holloway and McGregor (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“I see Max as a younger version of myself; raw, natural talent and he definitely wants it bad. But I got the skill set to beat the guy with the striking and I got the power and size on him,” said Pettis.
“The only other striker he fought of my caliber is Conor McGregor, and you saw how that went down. I feel like I have way more tools than Conor McGregor,” Pettis adde. “Conor McGregor has a big left hand and some decent kicks. I have submissions, wrestling, I have everything; I’m the complete package. Now I have the size, so it’s a great weight class for me.”
Now, McGregor fans may not see it the same way, but it’s certainly true that Pettis has showcased some nasty submission skills in the Octagon. Although he’s more famous for his highlight reel striking, Pettis has submitted the likes of Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and most recently Charles Oliveira. All of those guys are no slouches when it comes to grappling either.
Maybe some day Pettis and McGregor will cross paths?