Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has decided to schedule another gig by 2020 with less than three weeks’ notice.
Pettis (23-10) will meet Alex Morono (18-6) at the UFC Fight Night on December. 19 in Las Vegas. Contracts were not signed, but both sides agreed to the welterweight matchup.
« I’ve actually been trying to get a fight for a while, » Pettis told ESPN. « My attitude was so sharp. I became a student of the game again and I feel moved over this plateau. I feel like I’m on a plateau for a while and it just never ended, but last month I went to Colombia and got a stem cell injection and worked with an exercise psychiatrist. I have these tools in my mental game and I am excited to use them. I’m making real progress as a martial artist and it felt so good to reinvent myself. «
Pettis, 33, has also messed up his training in the past few months. He worked on his kickboxing at One Kick Nick’s with former UFC lightweight Anthony Njokuani and younger brother Chidi Njokuani. He also trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Robert Drysdale in Las Vegas. Pettis is still associated with his longtime home, Roufusport, in Milwaukee.
The former 155 pound champion will aim for his first winning streak since 2014. He won a victory against Donald « Cowboy » Cerrone in May.
« I’m not obsessed with getting back on a belt or getting the next seat, » Pettis said. « This is my first chance to win in a row in a while. Let’s start all over again and do it step by step. I feel amazing at 170 pounds. This opportunity opened up and I couldn’t say no to it. «
Morono (18-6), who is fighting out of Texas, is 4-1 in his last five fights. His only loss during this stretch came to Khaos Williams. He’s 7-3 overall in the UFC and just won a fight in November. 14th.
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