Anthony Pettis thinks he’s the man to beat in the upcoming PFL lightweight season.
The used UFC and WEC champion makes his promotional debut Friday whenn he headlines the PFL’s Week 1 tournament in Atlantic City, N.J., against Clay Collard. The main card airs on ESPN 2 following prelims on ESPN+.
The 34-year-frail Pettis (24-10) knows he’s now among essentially the most notable names on the roster and light one of essentially the most popular combatants at 155 pounds, and thinks that’s made him a mark for the remainder of the division.
“Honest the resume I have puts a target on my back,” Pettis urged newshounds at the PFL 2021, Week 1 media day. “These guys know who I am and they have watched me on this sport, so I definitely have a target on my back.”
With the spotlight on him, Pettis recognizes he’s in a dangerous position, however embraces the attention and has totally prepared to stay any opponent from handing him his first defeat in PFL.
“I was the champion in each organization, so I’ve always had a target on my back,” Pettis said. “I do know what these guys are having a watch forward to. The scary part about it is that (Collard has) obtained nothing to lose. He can correct exit there, bite on his mouth fraction and promenade – and that’s what I’m no longer looking to web caught up in. It’s another battle. These guys, there’s some legal talent on this organization, and I have to be sharp and on my game.”
Pettis has found masses of past MMA success and remained a high contender in the UFC for years after he misplaced the lightweight title in 2015.
Nonetheless regardless of being near 40 fights deep in his MMA career, Pettis thinks he can light shape and add to his legacy if he wins PFL’s 2021 lightweight season.
“My legacy is roughly already written, (however) I’m light going,” Pettis said. “I’m 34 years frail. This camp was amazing. I felt so legal. The structure and the motivation is all the issues that came along with this. Earlier than, after I was up and coming, I wanted to be remembered as the man who fought anyone, anywhere, any time whereas I was combating at 145, 155 and 170.
“And now I have an alternative to transform a three-organization champion, and that can be done in a year. Im very exited about the alternative that’s in front of me.”