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Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis recently addressed a callout from 'Platinum' Mike Perry for a bare-knuckle brawl. This response follows Perry's victory over Eddie Alvarez at BKFC 56, as reported by The Sportster. Pettis, having left the UFC on a winning note and now competing in Karate Combat, is weighing his options in the combat sports arena.
Perry, after defeating Alvarez in an exciting BKFC match, expressed his interest in facing Pettis, alongside other prominent fighters like Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till. Pettis, known for his dynamic fighting style and strategic approach, has made significant strides in his career, including a transition to the Professional Fighters League (PFL) where he holds a record of 1-5.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Pettis reflected on his journey as a prizefighter. He sees bare-knuckle fighting as a raw and intense form of combat, a challenge that extends beyond monetary gains. For Pettis, it's about crafting a legacy that endures, exemplified by his willingness to take on legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr., despite the latter's age.
Pettis also commented on Perry's aggressive and formidable style in bare-knuckle fighting. While open to the idea, he emphasized the importance of proper negotiations and admitted to being unfamiliar with the BKFC organizational structure. Focused on Karate Combat for now, Pettis is open to exploring various fighting opportunities once his current commitments are fulfilled.
Currently under contract with the PFL, Pettis revealed that he would not be participating in the 2024 regular season. He cited the physically demanding nature of the tournament format as a key reason, noting its suitability for younger fighters aiming to make a name for themselves.
Pettis expressed a preference for facing Cédric Doumbé in his return to the PFL cage but questioned the organization's intent regarding Doumbé's career trajectory. As a seasoned MMA veteran, Pettis remains a significant figure in the sport, continually seeking challenges that add to his storied legacy.
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