Anthony Pettis is preparing to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo on August 3 at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While his eyes are set on winning UFC gold, there is a guy calling out Pettis in the lightweight division.
Nate Diaz is looking to rebound from his knockout loss and he would like to fight Pettis when he returns to 155-pounds.
Pettis caught wind of the comments from Diaz and laughed them off before saying he would take the fight for an “easy payday.”
“I heard his interview and it just makes me laugh. I mean, the guy just got head kick knocked out by a pretty good striker, but for him to call me out it’s funny to me because my striking is one of the best in the lightweight division,” Pettis said during a media appearance leading up to his title fight against Jose Aldo.
“I think he’s trying to keep his name relevant and trying to stay in the mix, but I mean after losing like that it’s – there’s not much more you can do in the lightweight division. I think he’s going to be moving back to welterweight and again, the comments are funny to me and if he does want to fight I’ll take an easy payday.”
It would definitely be a great match up that would provide fireworks.
The last time that Pettis went in to a fight with animosity for his opponent he dismantled Donald Cerrone. Pettis would be a big favorite against Diaz if they were ever to meet in the octagon.
For now, Pettis is focused on the big opportunity against Aldo. If he returns to the 155-pound division after his title shot, Diaz could be on his radar.
Here is video of Pettis’ media appearance: