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Anthony Pettis Wants Al Iaquinta Next After UFC 226 Win

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Anthony Pettis has called for a matchup against Al Iaquinta following his impressive UFC 226 victory over Michael Chiesa.

For all the talk about Daniel Cormier’s heroics, the brawl between Mike Perry and Paul Felder as well as the shockingly bad showdown between heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis, one man who all-but-stole the show has gone criminally underappreciated.

Sure, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis hasn’t exactly looked like his best self since he lost his UFC lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos back in 2015, but for what it’s worth – in winning by way of submission earlier this month – it was something of a blast from the past.

Pettis looked fired up.

Chiesa, who went into this one as a narrow favourite, was the fighter on the rise in this dynamic. He was one whose own surge into title contention had been stunted at times but despite this, he definitely provided something of a contrast to his opponent’s decline of late.

But things, as they often do, seemed to go against all expectations.

Showtime looked pretty good for the opening round, dropping his opponent (whether it was a clean shot or a partial slip is debatable) at the end of the opening five minutes.

He then came out confident in the second, catching ‘The Maverick’ directly on the chin early on before relying on his jiu-jitsu to get the finish.

It was slick by the Milwaukee-native indeed and a testament to his perseverance.

Speaking directly to the former title-challenger Al Iaquinta via his official Twitter page, Anthony called him out after letting us know that the UFC told him that a potential matchup with Nate Diaz was not on the cards.

After pulling from his originally scheduled matchup with Justin Gaethje – who will now face James Vick instead – Iaquinta would be the perfect opponent for Pettis to truly give him an impression of where he currently stands at 155lbs.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]