The former-lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has given his take on his UFC 241 opponent Nate Diaz ahead of their clash on Saturday night.
Speaking in a recent interview with the UFC, Pettis explained how unintimidated he by the danger posed by the career lightweight Diaz – especially now that he has racked up a win over one of the division’s most tricky customers in Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
“Man, Nate Diaz is not a real welterweight. I think the fans forget he’s not won at welterweight. The guys he fought at welterweight, MacDonald, the other Korean guy that whooped his ass [Dong Hyun Kim].
“He’s not a real welterweight. His only win is against McGregor. McGregor’s not a real welterweight. I beat ‘Wonderboy.’ I’m not even worried about this fight, honestly and I’m not being cocky.
“I just have so much confidence coming into this fight and I train my ass off, so that’s where this confidence is coming from.”
Although the next shot at divisional champion Kamaru Usman will likely be earned by the former interim-champion Colby Covington, an impressive showing on the UFC 241 main-card could well be enough to sway the powers-that-be in the UFC to jump on what could potentially be a bout of gargantuan proportions.
Diaz is, of course, known as an incredibly durable and resilient fighter but even with a legendary chin in front of him to crack,
“I don’t know if it’s an advantage fighting Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is a fighter’s fighter.
“He likes to bleed, he comes forward. I’m expecting a dog fight, but I’m a little more intelligent than him.
“I have more tools in my toolbox and I don’t see where he gets it done. Where’s he gonna beat me at?”