Sergio Pettis is currently on the outside of the flyweight division’s top five ranks, but if he scores an impressive today, “The Phenom” believes he’ll be in the title shot conversation.
Pettis will take on Brandon Moreno tonight in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 114, which will go down in Mexico City. It’s an interesting fight. Both men are just 23 year’s old and are widely regarded to be one two of the division’s most promising fighters. The winner could very well move into the top five rankings, and depending on their performance, they could be left knocking on the title shot door.
Well, recently Pettis spoke to MMA Junkie about this fight, and his future, and here’s some of what he had to say:
“I feel like an impressive win would definitely get me into title contention. The division needs a new face, and I feel like I’m going to be the next one to do it. I feel like a lot of these guys played into Demetrious’ game. They’re all elephants. They saw the mouse and got scared. I’m not afraid. I think my timing is what’s going to happen now. I’ve went through what I’ve went through, took my (losses), grown from them, and I think I’ve gotten better as a person, as a martial artist. If that’s what’s next on the route, I believe that’s what I want, and I believe that’s what they’ll give me.”
Now, when you consider that Johnson already holds wins over three of the top five ranked contenders – Joseph Benavidez, Henry Cejudo, and Wilson Reis, the winner of Pettis – Moreno could get tapped for a title shot. You never know. Johnson is currently booked to fight the #3 ranked Ray Borg on September 9th at UFC 215.
Sergio’s comments about fighters playing into Johnson’s game are interesting. Although, some would argue the reason for that is because Johnson is so ridiculously athletic and skilled, he forces opponents down a path of defeat.