Anthony Pettis is returning to Lightweight. After a 2 fight stint in the Featherweight division, in which Pettis earned a title shot after 1 fight, he has decided it’s time to head back to 155. Pettis failed to make weight for his Interim Championship fight against Max Holloway. The bout became a title fight for only Holloway as a result of Pettis’ inability to make weight, but Holloway still had to earn it. Holloway did just that, winning the belt by a definitive TKO stoppage in the third round.
It seems that the weight cut to 145 may have been too much for Pettis as he looks to reinvigorate his career at 155. The former UFC Lightweight Champion has since experienced a tough road in the Lightweight division. He has suffered 3 straight losses in division to Dos Anjos, Alvarez, and Barboza. He looks to Miller to get his career back on track, but this fight is much more dangerous than people are making it out to seem.
Jim Miller is a very well rounded and crafty veteran that you can never count out. With a record of 28-9 MMA he is 17-8 in the UFC. While Pettis is 19-6, he is only 6-5 in the UFC. Meaning: Showtime has only really showed up half of the times he has stepped into the octagon.
The two men are set to square off on July 8 at UFC 213.
Cage Prophet’s Prediction: this is going to be a very close fight and I would bet this on a prop line to go to decision on the judges score card. Don’t be surprised if Miller finds a way to win.