Tue. Aug 16th, 2022

Bellator Bantamweight Champion Sergio Pettis is set to fight Rizin Bantamweight Champion Kyoji Horiguchi in a highly anticipated Champ vs Champ fight at Bellator 272 which takes place this Friday.

Pettis sat down for an interview with MMA Island where he was asked about a potential matchup between top bantamweight contenders Juan Archuleta and Raufeon Stots as a number 1 contender’s fight. Archuleta, the former Bellator Bantamweight Champion fought Pettis earlier this year at Bellator 258. Pettis won the fight via unanimous decision and in the process became the new Bantamweight Champion.

Archuleta believes he deserves a rematch against Pettis, but Pettis said that he definitely should be paired up against Stots. Stots, a teammate of Pettis just earned the biggest win of his career when he defeated Magomed Magomedov, best known for being the first man to defeat current UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan.

“I think they should [fight].” Pettis told MMA Island’s Maddie Levine. “I know Juan doesn’t want to take that fight for some reason. He thinks he deserves another title shot right away or a rematch with me. I think Archuleta definitely should go through Raufeon to get that title shot, or Raufeon should go through him to get the next fight as well.”

“It is what it is, I’m not the matchmaker, I’m just here to fight.”

Archuleta and Stots are ranked #1 and #2 respectively behind the champion Pettis and both men pose incredible records with a combined total of 42 wins and just 4 losses between them. It will be interesting to see their fight if they are paired up for a number 1 contender’s fight in the near future.

Pettis is set to defend his world title for the first time against Horiguchi, a former Bellator Champion himself. Horiguchi previously held both the Bellator and Rizin titles and will look to repeat the feat when he fights Pettis on Friday.

Pettis was also asked about how he keeps himself mentally grounded ahead of the biggest fight of his career:

“I believe this is the first time in my career where I’ve really controlled my anxiety. I understand my position, I understand the risk at bay, but I feel I’m very humble so I know how it feels to be a normal human, so I’ll take this as another normal fight”. He also said “if I lose, I lose that belt, but I’m willing to lose that belt to try to win this fight.”

He also elaborated on his quote “No camps, just fights, everyday is MMA,” where he said that he’s at the gym everyday training several hours a day, treating each day like he has a fight coming up soon. He says he does not drink or party anymore, and everyday he’s “at the gym or improving somewhere”.

He also said that if he were to go back a few years ago to give himself some advice, he would tell a young Sergio, “Believe in your potential, because it’s endless.” He also would tell him to “enjoy life a lot more and be happy” as he felt he wasn’t as happy back then as he is now.

By Akshay Gangakhedkar

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