Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo have some history. Or, at least, they almost did. In February of 2013, Pettis was set to drop to featherweight to challenge Aldo for the title, something that never materialized when Pettis withdrew from the fight due to injury.
Still, it is with great interest that former UFC lightweight champion Pettis watched the UFC 194 main event between his one-time, would-be foe and rising sensation Conor McGregor on Saturday night.
After the blistering one-punch knockout McGregor delivered, was Pettis surprised at how everything turned out?
"Yeah, man. You gotta be," Pettis said of the UFC 194 main event outcome. "Finishing Aldo in 13 seconds, it's an amazing thing. So, respect to Conor for backing up his words. It was crazy to see Aldo get dethroned that way. I thought it was going to be a war. I thought it was going to be more of a fight, but Conor caught him."
Other than what's visible on video, there's no telling why Aldo lost and McGregor won. Perhaps it's just what the video shows or, according to Pettis, the video doesn't tell the entire story.
"I think Conor got in his head," Pettis argued. "Aldo's not known for coming out there trying to throw bombs the way he did. Conor got in his head. He wanted to put his hands on him and he got to hit him, but one guy went down and one guy didn't."