Anthony Pettis elected to end his run at 145, following his loss to Max Holloway in December, and the former lightweight champ has provided some detailed insights as to why.
After Pettis dropped three straight fights at 155, he decided to move down to featherweight in 2016. “Showtime” scored a submission win over Charles Oliveira in August, which marked the featherweight debut of Pettis. As a result of that win, Pettis was booked to fight Holloway at UFC 206. The latter, however, went on to stop Pettis in round three.
For that last fight, Pettis came in three pounds over weight, and wasn’t eligible to win the interim 145 title as a result. Recently, Pettis reported this on “The MMA Hour”, regarding his weight cut for that bout (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I couldn’t even walk down to the scale,” Pettis said. “I had to drink water and put some [liquid] into my body to walk down, weigh-in for the fight. Most guys probably wouldn’t have fought. I’m not making excuses, but most guys wouldn’t have fought the way I was feeling. The UFC doc was up there watching me and I couldn’t even walk downstairs to get on the scale.”
“I just couldn’t get the weight off,” Pettis added. “It was just one of them things. My body shut down. I had never felt that way before. So I just knew that was it for me at ‘45.”
Now, Holloway boosters may see argue Pettis is exaggerating here, since he lost the bout. But, there’s no denying the fact that Pettis looked rough, as a result of the weight cut. Further, if the weight-cut wasn’t an issue, then you would think Pettis would have remained at 145, since there’s no shame in losing to Holloway.
Up next, Pettis will take on rugged lightweight vet, Jim Miller. That fight will be part of the July 8th, UFC 213 card in Las Vegas, Nevada.