2014 was a year in which we only saw the reigning lightweight champion Anthony Pettis fight one time.

In 2013, Pettis only fought twice because of injuries. UFC fans are wishing that 2015 will be a different year for Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. The injuries have made it hard for Pettis to get inside the octagon, but now he is healthy and we get to see the lightweight champion for the first time in 2015.

Pettis will be taking on Rafeal dos Anjos who is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz. Dos Anjos has been on a tear in the lightweight division other than his loss against, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is also a top contender in the division. Since the loss to Nurmagomedov, dos Anjos has won three straight, two of those victories by KO/TKO. With victories over Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone on his way to this title shot against Pettis, dos Anjos has shown he deserves the fight.

Pettis may not have fought a lot, but when he does, he is special. He is currently on a five-fight win streak with his last three wins coming against Cerrone, \Henderson, and Gilbert Melendez. This is a huge fight for Pettis and he needs to show UFC fans he is going to be fighting more than once this year.

Here are the key’s to victory for Anthony Pettis:

Don’t Hold Back:

One big problem when fighters come back from injuries is that they sometimes hold back from what they can actually do. Pettis needs to come out on Saturday and not think about his injuries, and if he can do that, he will be one step closer to defending his belt once again.

Keep The Fight Standing:

Pettis has one of the best stand-up games in the UFC. Pettis needs to keep the fight standing and make this a striking match even though he does have a good ground game. If Pettis can keep the fight standing, he can easily walk away with another victory on Saturday.

Dominate The Stand-Up Battle:

Like I said, Pettis has one of the best stand-up games in the UFC. After he keeps the fight standing, Pettis needs to show his impressive stand-up game, and dominate the fight with it. Pettis is creative and unique with his striking and if he can show his dominant stand-up game, and dominate that aspect of the fight, Pettis will once again hear his name called as the champion at the end of the fight.

About The Author

Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.