Pettis (20-5 MMA, 2- BMMA) stayed unbeaten to start his Bellator job on Friday when he outpointed Ricky Bandejas (13-4 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) around 3 rounds to earn a unanimous choice at Mohegan Solar Arena. The battle was touted as a title eliminator in the bantamweight division.
Bandejas is, of program, the only particular person to have crushed Gallagher (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) in MMA, handing he brash Irishman a spotlight-reel knockout at Bellator 204 in August 2018. Pettis mentioned he was not going to fall target to the exact same outcome, even if it wasn’t the most thrilling contest.
“I really do not know if it was a assertion for a title shot,” Pettis told reporters, which include MMA Junkie, post-struggle at Bellator 242. “I imagine it was just an additional great gain on my resume. I defeat a tricky Ricky Bandejas. I showed Gallagher that’s how you do it, however. That’s how you defend yourself. Individuals punches and all those kicks, if you discover protection, you can block that (expletive).”
Pettis claimed his verbal jab at Gallagher doesn’t suggest he’s searching for that struggle instantly. He thinks the criticism towards Gallagher’s level of levels of competition in the course of his vocation is warranted, and pointed to the loss towards Bandejas as proof of what comes about when he fights a legitimate talent.
It seems Pettis is trending toward a title shot versus the winner of Juan Archuleta and Patrick Mix, who are anticipated to fight for the vacant 135-pound title this 12 months. If Gallagher wins a few fights in the meantime, however, Pettis said he’d welcome it.
“He’s bought to operate his way up to get me,” Pettis stated. “He’s bought a few extra wins below his belt and conquer some notable fellas. If he can defeat Ricky Bandejas then he justifies to battle me, no matter how numerous followers you received on Instagram.”
Pettis mainly experienced his way with Bandejas about the training course of their a few-spherical battle. He applied exceptional putting to gain each individual round on all a few scorecards, but it was not entirely fulfilling. Pettis has acquired 10 of his past 11 wins by conclusion, and reported it’s a purpose to start off placing opponents absent additional continually.
“I’m important of my have general performance,” Pettis stated. “Obviously I want to start off ending persons more and additional. Ricky was difficult, male, so I experienced to engage in a smarter game plan and I went out there and did what I had to do, but there’s far more to appear.”