Milwaukee native, and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is brimming with confidence, as he gets set to throw hands with Max “Blessed” Holloway for the interim featherweight strap at UFC 206 this Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pettis, 29, has respect for his 25-year-old competitor, however, that’s where it ends. The Duke Roufus resident believes he possesses the overall skill set required to upend Holloway, thus bringing an abrupt halt to the Hawaiian’s blistering nine-fight win streak.
The aforementioned reasoning is in reference to Holloway losing to former dual-division champ Conor McGregor – someone Pettis intimates is near enough on his level, but nothing compared to what he himself brings to the table.
“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 during a recent stop at the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jimmy Norton and Matt Serra.
“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,” he said. “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.”
In fairness to Holloway (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC), when he threw down with “The Notorious” in 2013, he was only 22, and still finding his feet in the murky waters of pro Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Still, come fight night, we’ll get to gauge whether the bump down to 145 (second outing in the weight class) is a plus or minus for Pettis (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), that, and if his fighting pedigree gasconade is just hollow rhetoric or sublime “Showtime.”