Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has decided to make another appearance in 2020, on less than three weeks’ notice.
Pettis (23-10) will face Alex Morono (18-6) at UFC Fight Night on December 19 in Las Vegas. The contracts were not signed, but both sides accepted the welterweight game.
“I’ve actually been trying to fight for a while now,” Pettis told ESPN. “My state of mind has been so sharp. I became a student of the game again and I feel myself moving on this board. I feel like I hit a plateau for a while and it was just endless, but last month i went to colombia and got a stem cell injection and worked with a sports psychiatrist i have these tools in my mental game and i can’t wait to use them. I’m making real progress as a martial artist and it’s so good to reinvent myself. “
Pettis, 33, has also mixed his training in recent months. He worked on his kickboxing at One Kick Nick with former UFC lightweight Anthony Njokuani and younger brother Chidi Njokuani. He also trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Robert Drysdale in Las Vegas. Pettis is still affiliated with his longtime home of Roufusport in Milwaukee.
The former 155-pound champion will be looking for his first winning streak since 2014. He just picked up a victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in May.
“I’m not obsessed with going back to a belt or getting the next spot,” Pettis said. “This is my first chance for a winning streak in a while. Let’s go back to zero, take one step at a time. I feel amazing at 170 pounds. That opportunity opened and I couldn’t say no. he.”
Morono (18-6), who fights outside of Texas, is 4-1 in his last five fights. His only loss during this period came against Khaos Williams. He’s 7-3 overall in the UFC and just won a fight on November 14.