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UFC News: Anthony Pettis talks about his 'mental block' and his fight against Tony Ferguson

Soumik Datta
122   //    31 Aug 2018, 17:13 IST

Anthony Pettis
Anthony Pettis

What's the story?

Prior to his upcoming showdown against Tony Ferguson at UFC 229, former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis seems to be in a pretty confident mood and admitted to such in a recent conversation with respected MMA Journalist Ariel Helwani.

In case you didn't know...

After making his UFC debut in 2011 against Clay Guida in a winning effort, former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis is now looking forward to shocking the entire MMA fanbase by pulling off a huge win against former Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson.

Being a veteran of the sport, Anthony Pettis is no stranger to championships and title belts after having won the UFC Lightweight Title back in 2013 at UFC 164 against Benson Henderson.

The heart of the matter

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Show on ESPN, Anthony Pettis claimed that he is finally past his 'mental block' and is apparently all prepared to go head-to-head against Tony Ferguson.

However, looking back at Pettis' previous bouts inside the Octagon, the former Lightweight Champion is apparently pretty disappointed about his loss to Rafael Dos Anjos back at UFC 185 in 2015.

“RDA was the better man that night. I finally admitted it to myself,” Pettis told ESPN on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I was on top of the world and then that happens to you. I’ve never even been hit in any of my fights, basically. Then the RDA fight happens and you have to readjust.”

Following his losses against Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza, Pettis would go on to open up about his 'mental block' that he couldn't get past.

”It’s a mental block. You know what happened and want to get past it, but you also know how good you are and it’s a battle in your own head that you had to figure out.”

What's next?

Anthony Pettis is currently fresh-off a huge win over Michael Chiesa, but his current focus is towards the upcoming UFC 229 bout against Tony Ferguson, in what promises to be an absolute mouth-watering clash.

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