Call it brash, cocky, overlooking his opponent. Call it whatever you like, but UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis has been on a tear with first round knockouts and submissions. That list includes top lightweights Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone and former champ Benson Henderson. Could he pull off his fourth straight first round finish against Josh Thomson? Pettis plans to.
“He’s 35-years-old, his last chance at a title shot and I know he’s coming hard. There’s no bad blood, he was calling me out before the Henderson fight, so I think he really wants the title fight bad and I’m not going to take it easy on him. I’m going to finish him just like I’ve been finishing everybody else. My goal is to knock you in the first round. I want to finish all of the guys in the first round. That’s what I’m shooting for. I want to finish every fight. I don’t want anybody going past five minutes with me.” – The MMA Hour
Pettis has proven to have patched up his only known weakness — takedown defense. So what can the former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson do against the young champ? From the sound of it, he may need to weather the storm and get the fight out of the first round for one. Either that or counter an aggressive, forward moving Pettis. Remember, there is numerous counters to opening kicks as MMA legend Bas Rutten loves to remind us.
Make sure you catch UFC on Fox 9: Pettis vs. Thomson on Dec. 14, live from Sacramento, CA.