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Coming off a powerful win over Brandon Moreno – who was beforehand undefeated within the UFC – in the primary occasion of UFC Mexico Metropolis on Saturday, few would have questioned Sergio Pettis if he used the stage to demand a title shot towards Demetrious Johnson.
As an alternative, Pettis refused to call himself the highest flyweight contender, opting to name out Henry Cejudo, who he was booked to battle at UFC 211 in Might till Cejudo pulled out with a hand damage.
“He sort of pulled out two days earlier than, and I need to nonetheless contact that face,” stated Pettis, in accordance with MMAjunkie.com’s Steven Marrocco and John Morgan.
As stated by one of many nice philosophers of our time – Omar Little from “The Wire” – “You come on the king, you greatest not miss.”
And it seems Pettis is well taking the cautious strategy to his UFC profession.
Ten occasions, fighters have tried to take down Johnson, and 10 occasions the UFC’s pound-for-pound king has despatched them scurrying again into their holes to ponder why they even took the shot within the first place.
Pettis is 23 years previous, a child in UFC phrases. He must be in no rush to scale the mountaintop, particularly since those that are despatched falling from it not often get one other probability.
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“Mighty Mouse” is one win in need of incomes probably the most consecutive title defenses in promotion historical past for a purpose; there are not any flaws in his recreation, and it’ll possible take a Herculean effort as a way to supplant him.
Nevertheless, the identical might have been stated for Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, and BJ Penn in years previous.
No fighter, nevertheless unbeatable they appear, is ever really invincible.
Johnson is about to face Ray Borg, and after he possible breaks the title protection document, he ought to begin in search of huge-cash fights, as is the current development within the UFC.
For Pettis, because of this a title shot won’t be coming quickly. And that is OK.
The bravado of MMA means fighters typically persuade themselves they’re prepared for the large time, solely to be taught in painful style by a veteran like Johnson that they undoubtedly aren’t.
Pettis as soon as once more proved he is an impressive technical striker in his victory over Moreno, and he has the combination of strong fundamentals, robust jiu-jitsu, and above-common athleticism to provide the flyweight champion issues down the road.
The American has 4 straight wins, however making it 5 or 6 in a row, rounding out his recreation, and gaining extra expertise whereas “Mighty Mouse” is in any other case occupied is the sensible transfer, and will give him the perfect probability when it lastly turns into his time to attempt to knock off Johnson’s crown.