Anthony Pettis may be preparing to face UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, but that hasn’t prevented the fighter from getting into a bit of a public spat with fellow vet Nate Diaz. After all, Pettis has said he plans on returning to lightweight at some point.
In a recent interview at BJ Penn.com, Diaz took issue with a recent tweet from Pettis, whereby the former WEC champ apparently stated he’s the planet’s best lightweight. Diaz took aim at the fact that Pettis has been relatively inactive in recent years, while according to him, he’s been taking on many of the promotion’s best. Resumes aside, it didn’t take long for Diaz’s call out to catch up with “Showtime”, who’s been in Brazil training.
When asked to comment on Diaz, Pettis, not surprisingly, made sure to cite Diaz’s recent TKO loss to Josh Thomson while stating:
“I think he’s trying to keep his name relevant and trying to stay in the mix, but I mean after losing like that there’s not much more you can do in the lightweight division. I think he’s going to be moving back to welterweight and again, the comments are funny to me and if he does want to fight I’ll take an easy payday.”
Ouch. Of course, no one likes to be called an “easy pay day,” especially the Diaz brothers. The chances of this fight happening any time soon, however, are slim to none. As Pettis noted, Diaz is likely heading back to welterweight, and even if Pettis loses to Aldo in August, it’s unlikely the Roufus fighter would be tapped to fight Diaz in his return.
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Article by Kelsey Mowatt