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Anthony Pettis on Why He Left UFC ‘Popularity Contest’ for PFL

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PFL 1 ’“ The Professional Fighters League will be returning in April. The opening night of the 2021 Season will be taking place on April 23rd at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.

The main event of the card will see Anthony Pettis made his debut in the promotion; the former UFC great will be facing Clay Collard in the opening fight of the Lightweight league.

Speaking before the fight, Pettis stated that he is out to win Championships whilst in the Professional Fighter’s League, not popularity contests.

‘I’ve been in the UFC for such a long time, I’ve fought everybody, three different weight classes” Pettis began. “There’s not much more I can do in that organization,. I’m kind of over that popularity contest. So, this year I can become a champion in the PFL.”

Anthony Pettis on PFL

“That’s another big goal of mine is to become another champion before I leave this sport and I stop fighting for good” Pettis added. “They’re giving me the opportunity to do it by December.”

‘The point system with all these fights coming up back to back makes me nervous, and that’s a good thing,’ Pettis continued. ‘I haven’t been nervous for a long time. I’m in Milwaukee in the wintertime training. I got a beautiful house in Vegas I could be at.”

“And things like that make me want to come back and like, yo, I need to focus in” Pettis concluded. “I need to get the job done again. I feel like I’m back to the beginning, if you will.”

We’re extremely excited to announce that Fighter Fans will be partnering with MMA TV to bring the opening night to fans in the UK and Europe on PPV. MMA TV will be the only way to watch Pettis make his MMA return outside of the United States. Check out how to purchase the show here.

credit to MMAMania for the transcription

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