(Due to UFC)

Anthony Pettis was a champion at the highest degree. He knows what is needed to beat the finest on earth. Therefore when he chose to get the move from lightweight up to welterweight, it had been with clear layouts on becoming the next crack at a UFC belt.

Though he’ll never struggle allies Ben Askren or Tyron Woodley — “I’ll save myself the embarrassment” — Pettis considers that his pedigree and of Stephen Thompson puts him right in line to get a shot at the UFC welterweight name when he defeats Thompson on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn..

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Tune in Saturday, March 23, for full UFC on ESPN+ 6: Thompson vs. Pettis live results on MMAWeekly.com. The first bout is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET / two p.m. PT.

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