As they say, styles make fights and the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming card this Saturday night in Nashville pits two of the best exponents of kickboxing in the sport when Anthony Pettis moves up to the welterweight division to challenge Stephen Thompson in the main event.
This will be the third weight division in which former lightweight champ Pettis has competed during his time in the UFC, after appearances in the 145 and 155 pound divisions.
Pettis is coming off a loss to former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson last October at UFC 229 in a highly entertaining fight before “Showtime” broke his hand.
The 32-year-old Pettis was interviewed by the UFC in the lead-up to his fight against “Wonderboy” and said his opponent stood out as someone who he’d like to test his skills against when assessing potential options in the heavier 170-pound division (transcribed by MMANews.com):
“I went to the UFC, I wanted to find out who was next on my radar,” Pettis said. “The UFC gave me some names and the one that stood out was ‘Wonderboy.’ That’s a fight that I saw happening in my career eventually. I know that 170, it’s my first time going there. He’s No. 4 in the world, but it just makes it that much more interesting for me. Fighting one of the guys that are the best in the world, a new weight class and it’s gonna tell me a lot about where my skill’s really at.”