Anthony Pettis on his upcoming fight with Poirier
Pettis gears up for a UFC Fight Night 120 headliner on Saturday vs. Dustin Poirier, which takes place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va.
Simply put, the matchup just makes sense to Pettis.
“They actually gave me the choice. They said, ‘Who do you want to fight next?’ Dustin Poirier made sense coming off that Eddie Alvarez fight,” Pettis told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “Eddie was booked or about to be booked for ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ That left Dustin open. … I’ve been watching his style for a long time. For me it made sense. I just got done with a southpaw training camp in Jim Miller. Let’s move right to Dustin Poirier, another southpaw, and I can just refine these skills.”
“I feel like my fighting style is a little different than everyone he’s faced in the lightweight division,” Pettis said. “He’s never felt a guy like me, where I can have that many tools and that many options when it comes to striking. It’s not just a boxing match for me. I got the kicks. I got the takedowns if I need them. And I have the experience. I’ve fought so many five-round fights. It’s not even a big deal to me anymore.
“I think I definitely have a lot of advantages. I just have to fight my game plan. I can’t let him get his confidence. When he fights going forward, that’s when we see a dangerous Dustin Poirier. When he’s on his heels, that’s when he has problems.”