Anthony Pettis Considering Moving Up To 170lbs To Fight Stephen Thompson

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis appears to be looking to step things up in 2019 as he’s just floated the possibility of him moving up a weight class to fight on of the welterweight divisions best fighters, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson.

“Heard somebody is looking for a fight,” Pettis wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of Thompson. “What you guys think? Take my talents to WW and take on the boy? Comment ⬇️ let me know if y’all get excited for this one #showtime #lovethis #forthefans #teampettis.”

The suggestion comes at a time when Pettis has seen mixed fortunes since returning back up to lightweight in the summer of 2017.

He began with a decision victory over Jim Miller, but then lost to Dustin Poirier in a ‘Fight Of The Night’ performance. Next up came a submission victory over Michael Chiesa, but most recently he came off second best in a hard fought battle against Tony Ferguson in October that eventually saw his corner wave off the fight following the fourth round.

Apparently that hasn’t discouraged the 31-year-old Pettis however and he’s now looking to fight a former two-time welterweight title contender in Thompson, who is currently going through a mixed run of results too.

Thompson had back-to-back fights for the title against Tyron Woodley, but after a majority draw verdict in their first encounter he then lost out by majority decision in the rematch.

The 35-year-old Thompson then earned a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal before losing out on the scorecards to Darren Till in his only fight of 2018.

Thompson so far hasn’t responded to Pettis’ call-out and it’s not clear at this stage if there’s any interest from the UFC in ‘Showtime’s’ suggestion either.

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