‘Showtime’ is Ready to Run Through One of the Few Fighters on the Roster That He Has Sheer Disdain For…
It might not well-documented but Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz do not like each other. It stretches back to when Pettis was the lightweight champion and relations between the two men haven’t thawed out since then. That should add an exciting dimension to their upcoming fight at welterweight.
The pair are set to throw down at UFC 241 on Aug. 17, 2019, in Anaheim, California. It will be three years since Diaz stepped into an octagon. His last appearance was a tight decision loss to Conor McGregor. Meanwhile, Pettis is coming off of the back of a stunning knockout victory over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.
The former 155lb king explained to Ariel Helwani exactly why he feels the way he does about Diaz and how he’s looking forward to putting a beating on the Stockton fighter.
These two men just don’t like each other. It’s rare that Pettis talks disrespectfully about his opponents so that just makes his words about Diaz all the more eye-catching.
“It’s a perfect fight for me. You know me and Nate. We have had beef and drama for a long time, so this is something that was supposed to happen a long time ago and it’s finally happening,” Pettis said on a recent edition of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
“I don’t even remember where it started, what event. I was the champion, but we have always had drama. And every time we saw each other it’s like something was going to happen,” he said. “It was just one of those things that he may have been jealous that I was the champ, he wanted a shot at me.”
‘Showtime’ also feels that Diaz is two-faced. According to Pettis, the former 155lb contender would act one way in front of the cameras and then say nothing in person:
“I feel Nate always did that. Wait for the cameras to show up and then he’d yap at the mouth. I coached against Gilbert Melendez the whole Ultimate Fighter season and not one word, didn’t say anything,” Pettis added.
“Then the cameras are around and he has something to say. It’s just time to back it up, everything he’s been talking, all the drama he’s been causing at UFC events; let’s settle it now inside the Octagon, exactly how I want it,” said Pettis. “I am excited for this fight, 100-percent motivated because I want to knock this guy out.”
Allegedly, Pettis was initially offered a fight against Conor McGregor, but the negotiations fell through. However, he genuinely doesn’t mind. Unless he gets pay-per-view points it won’t make a massive difference financially for him, contrary to popular belief. And he’s genuinely more excited to beat up Diaz than McGregor.
“There were some big names thrown my way,” Pettis said. “Conor McGregor was thrown my way from Dana in August but then that didn’t happen. So I just pulled back, hung out and was training and then Nate Diaz popped up. It’s perfect.”
“Diaz, 100 percent. I just don’t like the guy. That’s just how it is, I am not that dude, but this is just one guy I do not like. I am going straight to work, I can’t wait to hurt this guy. This is personal fight for me, I am going to work right away. No weight cut, simply training for a fight.”