ROUNDTABLE: Who should Anthony Pettis fight next, and at what weight?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Anthony Pettis (photo by Joshua Dahjl © USA Today Sports)

Who would you like to see Anthony Pettis fight next and at what weight?

Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor

Well, I think Anthony Pettis should fight Ben Askren or Robbie Lawler at welterweight, or Edson Barboza or Justin Gaethje at lightweight. Hell, he may draw Conor McGregor, but I think we see Barboza next either way. I personally like Pettis and Askren, but Askren is the exact fighter Pettis always loses too in a great grappler, but honestly, there is a LONG list of names for Pettis, but we’ll see soon enough I’m sure.

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

I don’t want to see him face any of the top 5 welterweights. Darren Till would be a good fight and a test to see where both fighters are at. Colby Covington would be an interesting fight because Colby would test the patience of Pettis. Colby Covington has boring fights and I think Pettis would become very frustrated with not being able to have the fight he wants against Colby. Tyron Woodley would also be a boring fight for Pettis to take. If Pettis took on the right opponent at welterweight he would likely start the end of his career at UFC, he doesn’t belong in that division or in that company anymore. Pettis needs a change of scenery and a new camp; a new everything.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I think the UFC should ride this. Put him in there with another top-ranked fighter and let’s see what happens. More than likely, he’ll get wrestled down by Tyron Woodley or Colby Covington but there’s always a chance he beats either of those guys.

As for his weight, he should probably stay at welterweight for at least another fight. Weight cuts can be devastating, especially as you age, and cases like this make you think a lot of fighters would be better off moving up in weight. You should cut weight and be in shape, but not at the expense of your health. People shouldn’t cut too much weight, maybe this shows that you don’t always have to?


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

Anthony Pettis absolutely should continue to fight at welterweight. He shut a lot of people up, including me, by knocking out Stephen Thompson last weekend. If you can still be quick enough to catch a guy like Thompson off guard and finish him, there is no need to be cutting weight. As for who he should take on next, Askren and Woodley are off the table due to the Roufusport connection. I don’t think he necessarily needs to be taking on the top tier welterweights anyway. I’d suggest a fight with Leon Edwards.

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