Recently Anthony Pettis relayed that he hasn’t been very impressed with what Eddie Alvarez has showcased in his first two, UFC outings, and now the former Bellator champ has fired back.

Pettis and Alvarez are scheduled to fight on January 17th, at the UFC’s next card in Boston. A few days ago, “Showtime” said at a Q&A session that not only has he not been impressed by Alvarez lately, but that if he’s on point, the latter won’t even be a “challenge”.

Well, Alvarez recently spoke to, and here is some of what the rugged fighter had to say in response:

“I heard him say in an interview recently that he wasn’t impressed with my last two fights,” Alvarez said. “That’s ironic because there isn’t a person on Earth who was impressed with his last fight. At least I had a couple people come up to me and say they were impressed with the way I dealt with the adversity of having my orbital broken and was still able to bounce back from that. At least a few people were impressed, but I haven’t heard a single person say they were impressed with Anthony Pettis’ last title defense.

“He got punched in the face and kind of quit on himself. The way I see this fight shaping up, and knowing what I can do, I think the same thing is going to happen again.”

That’s an interesting take, although, Pettis fans certainly won’t agree. Alvarez is referring to his split decision win over Gilbert Melendez, where he took some heavy shots early on, but grinded his way to a victory.

Pettis hasn’t fought since he faced Rafael dos Anjos in March, and lost the lightweight title. RDA cracked him with a big left early on, and Pettis never really recovered. The vaunted striker suffered a broken orbital bone from the blow.

So, there you have it. This is a compelling fight because of the skills of each man, but’s also building a pretty interesting, pre-fight beef as well.

The upcoming fight night card will be headlined by a bantamweight fight between champion TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz.