Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis Are Looking Forward to Facing Each Other at UFC on FOX 6
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.25.2012
Lightweight contenders talk about the bout and a possible title shot...
Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis recently spoke with MMAjunkie about their fight at UFC on FOX 6. Check out the highlights:
Cerrone on staying focused on his current fight: "I go with the task at hand. That's Pettis."
Pettis on beating current champion Benson Henderson back at WEC 53: "It does feel like a long time ago. Watching that [highlight versus Henderson] and where I'm at now, it feels like an eternity. Watching fights, watching all these guys advance their careers, and I'm in this spot [injured]. Beating 'Cowboy' gets me back in the mix."
Pettis on the stakes of his bout with Cerrone: "I need to have the best performance of my career. 'Cowboy' is a tough guy. He's well-rounded. He wins besides Diaz. He's one of the guys I can make my name off of and get a title shot."
Cerrone on persuing Pettis: "I'm talking back in the WEC when I tried to fight him. I'm talking about in the UFC when I tried to fight him. His manager said, 'Well, maybe you should tell 'Cowboy' to take another fight.' So that's what I did – not sit there and wait for him. All the talking of me saying that he turned it down is true. That's that."
On the fight being a possible #1 contender's match for a shot at Henderson: "You only have 15 minutes to convince the judges that you're a better fighter, or knock him out or submit him. I've got to get going quick. It's one of those fights (in which) I can't take shots to get going. Whoever makes the first mistake, it can be a short night."
Cerrone on trash talk: "I don't care; I don't care what Pettis says. I'mma whip his ass the same."
Pettis on his plan for Cerrone: "I can guarantee that he's going to shoot first," . He's been talking a lot of mess that my standup is this and that, (and that) he's going to expose me here. I guarantee you he shoots first. I'm going to go in there as motivated as ever. Like I said, 2012 sucked, but 2013 is going to be my year. I'm going to get after it. I'm going to go out there and finish fights."
Cerrone on Pettis: "I have to get through Pettis to get a belt. I have nothing against the guy, but the reason I'm picking on him is he's next. That's all there is to it. As far as me talking to s--- and all that, I'm tired of him backing out and all that, so just train hard and show up, p----."