Anthony Pettis Doesn't Think His Fellow Lightweights Are Educated
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.01.2014
Because they're complaining about his injuries...
In an interview with MMA Fighting, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis gave an update on his health following a PCL tear and called out his fellow lightweights who have been complaining about his injury status. Here are highlights:
On his health status: "I feel good. I had my first kicking session on [Wednesday]. The doctor said (it would be) six months from surgery to impact. I did that, I didn't kick at all for six months. We had a sparring session and I felt good. Definitely, I wouldn't say it was 100 percent. I still feel like I'm second guessing the knee, but it's still fresh off. I think with two months of kicking, I'll be back normal."
On his hiatus: "Having [the time off] is hard, man. All you do is train. All you do is get ready for your next fight and have a next opponent in front of you. It felt good though. I needed it. I got to heal everything. Every time I was doing a fight, there was something bothering me. As a mixed martial arts athlete, there's so much that goes into it from the conditioning side, the boxing, the kickboxing, the jiu-jitsu. The way I fight, it's very athletic. So it's hard to say what caused the injuries or what's making the injuries happen, but definitely, this next camp, I'm going to do it a little smarter, a little less involved with the sparring and a more involved with technique."
On his critics: "I don't think these guys are educated whatsoever. The TUF gig is something I didn't choose to happen. The UFC chose that. I'm not going to say no to an opportunity like that. That signs me up for three months filming for that, so that's why the fight got pushed back all the way. I could be ready to fight by August, at the latest. From now to August, if I started a training camp, I could be ready to go. But that's what [the other lightweights] are supposed to do as well. The division needs to somehow keep themselves relevant. The main guy doing it, Ben Henderson, I beat him twice, so he can talk all he wants. He's going to have to wait his turn. There's a couple guys that can talk and I guess they deserve their shot, but at the same time, I was in the same position as them guys. I was talking and I was trying to make my case to get that title shot."