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Pettis Feels McGregor is Stealing his “Shine”

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Pettis appeared recently on UFC commentators Kenny Florian and Jon Anik podcast, and discussed McGregor’s success in 2015

“It’s great,” said Pettis, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMA Fighting. “To see the guy talk the talk and then beat Aldo like that. We’ve had some great guys go down there and try to beat Jose Aldo and it didn’t work. [McGregor] comes along talking the talk and then he walks the walk. You’ve got to respect that. It’s great for the lighter weight classes. He’s bringing in the numbers like he says. People want to watch him fight.”

“I feel it’s annoying to see everybody try to call him out now. The guy made his name on his own and all these guys are trying to take his shine. I guess that’s the sport. Somebody comes in and creates their name, their buzz gets big and somebody else tries to steal it.”

Shine Stealer #1 is UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos. The plan as it stands is for McGregor to move up and challenge for the 155 title, before dropping back to defend at 145 vs. Frankie Edgar. Pettis is a little dubious of McGregor’s chances vs. RDA.

“I don’t know,” said Pettis. “I didn’t pick him to beat Jose Aldo but he surprised me with that first-round knockout. If he has the right style? He is a southpaw. Last time we saw Dos Anjos fight a southpaw it was Nate Diaz, but he doesn’t really have the kicks. I guess stylistically it’s a good matchup but it’s a different ballgame at 155.

“These guys aren’t the 145ers. I don’t think Jose Aldo would move up to 155 because it’s a whole different ballgame up here. Look at the top five, top 10, everyone is a challenge. There’s no easy fights at 155.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.