Anthony Pettis Planning To Pick A Team Of Strikers For The Ultimate Fighter 20 Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.02.2014
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In an interview with MMA Fighting, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis revealed that he plans to pick a team full of strikers for The Ultimate Fighter 20. He will be coaching against future challenger Gilbert Melendez. The show started filming on Monday from Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will be the first UFC women's strawweight champion. Here are highlights:
On the prize of the show: "These girls, whoever wins the show is going to be the champion of their division, so to get to see that process happen in six weeks is very cool. It took me a long time to get to a title, and to know that I can help one of the have a chance to achieve their dreams, it's a cool feeling. And the cool thing is I got to watch their fights from Invicta. Most seasons, you can't really see who's on the season, who they are. I've seen these girls fight before. One of these girls came from my team, Rose Namajunas. She trained on my team for a long time ... so I've watched the division for her. I know a lot of these girls."
On who he will pick: "I don't want to say who I'm picking. Or who I'm thinking about, because if they're not on my team, that doesn't really look good on my end. But there are some girls that I know are very good. There's some that stick out to me because they have more of my fighting style. Melendez is a wrestler, I'm a striker. Everybody knows that, so I think the girls are going to gravitate towards who they want to go against. If they're a wrestler, they're going to go on his team. If they're a striker, they're going to be on my team."
On facing Melendez: "[Melendez] is as tough as they come. I was in high school when he was fighting, so I was watching him a lot when I was in high school. I have a lot to look at, and just being a fan of the sport, I've watched him for a long time. Wrestling is obviously his strength. I wouldn't say it's the best wrestling in MMA, but he puts it together real well with the strikes and then his jiu-jitsu."