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Anthony Pettis has two opponents in mind if Jose Aldo is retiring

Anthony Pettis has two opponents in mind if Jose Aldo is retiring

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was hoping to score a title fight with current interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

However, after news broke that Eddie Alvarez would be defending his lightweight strap against current featherweight champion Conor McGregor at November’s highly anticipated UFC 205 in New York, a frustrated Aldo announced that he was done with fighting and requested his release from the UFC.

“Showtime” was a guest on tonight’s episode of UFC Tonight where he suggested two different opponent options for his next fight, this if Jose Aldo was in fact set on retirement. His words:

Anthony Pettis was last seen in action at August’s UFC on FOX event in Vancouver, Canada, where he scored a third-round submission victory over a very game Charles Oliveira. The fight marked Anthony’s featherweight debut and the result quickly moved “Showtime” up the 145-pound ranks.

Pettis Oliveira staredown

Prior to his victory over “Do Bronx”, Pettis had suffered three-straight setbacks at 155-pounds, dropping decisions to Rafael dos Anjos, current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and rising contender Edson Barboza respectively.

In Max Holloway, Pettis would be looking to score a fight with the featherweight divisions top contender. “Blessed” is currently riding a jaw-dropping nine-fight win streak, his latest being a decision victory over former 145-pound title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199 in June.

Prior to outpointing Lamas, Holloway had scored victories over Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson. The Hawaiian’s last setback came in August of 2013, when he dropped a decision to Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston.

The other opponent “Showtime” has in mind is none other than the “Stockton Slugger” Nate Diaz. The former lightweight title challenger (Diaz) is coming off a majority decision loss to Conor McGregor in the headlining bout of August’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to the setback, Diaz had scored a shocking second-round submission victory over “Mystic Mac” at UFC 196 this past March, this after taking the bout on very short-notice.

Who would you rather see Anthony Pettis square off with in his next octagon appearance, Nate Diaz or Max Holloway?

Former UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis calls out Michael Johnson

Former UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis calls out Michael Johnson

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Michael “The Menace” Johnson scored a brutal first-round knockout victory over Dustin Poirier in the main event of tonight’s UFC Fight Night 94 event in Hidalgo, Texas.

Johnson was able to slip a Poirier combination and then catch “The Diamond” with a big counter right hand, followed by a straight left, which sent Dustin crashing to the canvas.

Johnson quickly followed up on Poirier with some viscous ground and pound which forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.

In his post-fight interview, “The Menace” stated his desire to fight on November’s historic UFC 205 fight card in New York.

Immediately following Johnson’s big win and post-fight interview, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis took to Twitter where he announced that he would be willing to return to 155-pounds to fight “The Menace”.

“Showtime” recently made his featherweight debut, this after suffering three straight losses at 155-pounds, where he submitted Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC on FOX in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Michael Johnson was made aware of Pettis’ callout during a post-fight interview with FOX Sports, this is what “The Menace” has to say on a potential fight with Anthony:

“If Anthony Pettis wants to fight 55. He dropped to 45 didn’t he? I’m pretty sure I called him out a long time ago and he went to 45. But if he wants to fight, then Anthony I’m your man. I’m all for it. He’s a great ex-champ and a great guy. I would love to fight him.”

Who would you prefer to see Anthony Pettis fight in his next bout, Michael Johnson at lightweight or current UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo at 145-pounds?

Reminder: Watch UFC Fight Night 81 at Kalapaki Joe’s!

Reminder: Watch UFC Fight Night 81 at Kalapaki Joe’s!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

The octagon returns to Boston this Sunday for UFC Fight Night 81, a 13-bout fight card headlined by a bantamweight title fight featuring current champ T.J. Dillashaw defending his strap against former title holder Dominick Cruz.

Also on the card is a key lightweight tilt showcasing former UFC champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis taking on former Bellator Champion Eddie Alvarez.

If if that wasn’t enough, the card also features a heavyweight fight between top contenders Travis Browne and Matt Mitrione.

Be sure to come watch all of this Sunday’s live UFC action at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Eddie Alvarez says he is booked to fight Pettis this January in Boston‏

Eddie Alvarez says he is booked to fight Pettis this January in Boston‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (26-4 MMA) recently took to twitter to announce that his rumoured fight with former UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (18-3 MMA) is official for the UFC’s January fight card in Boston.

@Ealvarezfight: “It’s official, at first I just wanted the guy, now I got location too, thank you @ufc @danawhite, gonna blow the roof off Beantown!!”

No booking announcement has been made by the UFC at this time, but the bout seems all but official.

Eddie Alvarez was most recently seen in action at June’s UFC 188 event in Mexico City, where he scored a split-decision victory over former Strikeforce title holder Gilbert Melendez. Since joining the UFC ranks in September of 2014, the former Bellator lightweight champ has gone 1-1, suffering a decision loss to current division #1 contender Donald Cerrone in his octagon debut.

Meanwhile, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will return to the cage for the first time since losing his title to Rafael dos Anjos when he squares off with Alvarez in “Beantown”. Prior to his loss to “RDA”, “Showtime” had put together a five-fight win streak which included stoppage victories over Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez respectively.

The event, which is expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 81, is set for January 17 at Boston’s TD Garden.

Who do you have winning this lightweight tilt? Stay tuned to Kalapakijoes.com for all your major UFC News!