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Trash-Talking Roundup: Pettis Responds to Cerrone, Fitch Meets Kettle

“Did I stutter?! I said you’re a lay-and-pray artist who will NEVER beat Georges St. Pierre!”

It appears we weren’t the only ones surprised by Donald Cerrone’s recent comments for UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis. Anthony Pettis, who claims that he’s always been cordial with Cerrone in the past, recently attempted to make sense of the whole ordeal on “The MMA Hour.” Spoiler alert: He ain’t too keen on being told to “grab his purse and dance,” brother.

As transcribed by

“It’s comedy. This is the first news to me that I have heard of Cerrone calling me out or that he has been calling me out or he wanted to fight me. I talked to my manager about it and I think it’s just him trying to get his name out there and trying to get to my spot, trying to get to that title shot, to try and get closer to a title shot. But, for him to do it the way it did, just pissed me of, so. If he gets passed with his fight with Melvin, and it makes sense for me to fight him and then fight for a title shot, then I will do it. If he is in my way, I will take him out. (I’m)100 -percent (pissed off). I am super pissed. I am not the guy to talk or the type of guy to be out there and talk shit about anyone, but for him to call me out and put it the way he put it, pretty much saying that I am afraid to fight somebody, that is never the case. I am never afraid to fight anybody. I want to be the best lightweight in the world and if he is in my way, then I will take him out too. He wanted to fight in August, I wasn’t going to be ready until October or November and I openly said it on Twitter and I openly said it everywhere, so it’s not a matter of me ducking him, if he wants to fight in November, let’s do it, I will gladly take that fight and I will be so motivated to whoop his ass.”

I never understood the “What’d I do?” or “It’s not what was done but how it was done” responses to trash talk, which are essentially what we’re seeing here. What’d you do? You’re a professional fighter who is further up the totem pole than the other professional fighter below you. Cerrone wants a future title shot, and consecutive victories over Melvin Guillard and yourself can possibly give him one. He’s already booked to face Guillard, and is now trying to do whatever he needs to do to get a fight against you. If it offends you that much, maybe something can be arranged where you two can fight over it, possibly for some money, fame and a title shot against the …wait, never mind. Well played, Cerrone.

As for the latter issue, I’m with Rasheed Wallace: As long as parents, wives and kids are left out of the equation (and life-threatening illnesses, Kevin), then who cares? I just hope that Melvin Guillard hasn’t been spending time with Chick with Huge Cans, because Cerrone vs. Pettis appears to have Fight of the Year written all over it.

In “How did the irony not explode your head?” news, Jon Fitch is still tied to the tracks of the Erick Silva hype-train, pleading desperately to anyone who will listen to leave the “Dastardly” Achievement locked. And I mean anyone. Yesterday, Fitch used a Nuvo TV conference call attempting to push AKA’s new reality series to be far more urgent in calling out BJ Penn. Via MMAFighting:

“Here at AKA, we’ve got fighters who come out to fight, fighters who will face anyone and don’t hide from any opponents. You’ve also got cowards out there like B.J. Penn who say they want to fight people, but then they run and hide.”

I guess that statement wasn’t direct enough for two, maybe three people on the planet, because Fitch was asked to clarify if he thought Penn was a coward. His response?

“Yes. He’s a coward. He wouldn’t be welcomed here.”

I bet Erick Silva finds your “running and hiding” comment hilarious, considering that’s exactly what you’re attempting to do with him. And not to create an MMA conspiracy theory on the spot, but if Fitch gets injured and has to pull out of his fight against Silva, I’m sure a lot of fans will think that the injury is “suspiciously convenient.” But who knows?

Does Fitch have a point about Penn waiting for Rory MacDonald instead of looking for another fight? Does anyone have any interest in watching Fitch and Penn do the man dance again? And how excited will you be about Cerrone vs. Pettis? Let us know, and keep it civil.


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Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Angry Feet: can't read your last message. Whats your twitter or FB?
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm
shouldve guessed
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 10:55 am
My take? Well...Fitch is very good at what he does. What he does is not fun to watch. It is what it is. And we will continue to bitch about it. Just like we will continue to blast Jake Shieldzzzzz and carry on the Overeem/ horse meat jokes until they're deader than a lobster in butter sauce. It's just what we do.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 11:19 am
Haha - great reply. Give this guy a comment of the week nomination.
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 11:22 am
Gal. And thanks ;)
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm
have a linkedin account? Probably just FB huh?
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm
FB. Also on twitter. I rarely use FB. Mostly just signed up for the free prelims.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm
You totally let me just call you bro. Sneaky little feet.
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm
LOL yeah. I am pretty used to that.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Hell yeah, that is awesome. You're welcome. :)
Mechanicjitsu- August 9, 2012 at 8:23 am
Fitch is not a real exciting fighter. We get it. Dead horse beaten. Yes, some injuries and the Hendricks fight def hurt his stock. Get that too. What blows my mind is that Fitch's style is pretty much GSP's style of fighting, just without all that explosive athleticism everyone talks about. Fitch is a pretty damn tough son of a bitch who does his best to win a fight. He's not my favorite fighter by a long shot, but this constant hating on him from this sight and some of the readers is just fucking retarded. He's not ducking Silva. He wants a chance to try and beat BJ because he's pissed he got screwed on the Penn fight. So easy to hate from your armchair/couch, isn't it?
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am
Extremely easy. How hard is it hating on the writers/readers from your armchair/couch? Difficult?

Please don't ever compare GSP and Fitch again. GSP is about 10x better in EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of MMA. And GSP actually has finishes on his record. When GSP gets you down, he is constantly trying to advance position, go for submissions, etc. GSP goes out and boxes wrestlers, wrestles strikers, and mixes up his attack so much that no one has any idea what to expect from him. Fitch does not mix shit up. Shoots for a take down and goes right into his routine of smothering. When Fitch gets an opponent down he spends the majority of his time holding them down. Huge difference. Is Fitch good at what he does? Yes. Are his fights entertaining? His last one was. IS Fitch tough? Sure. But I don't buy PPV's to watch "tough" guys hug dudes on the ground for 15 minutes. I want to be entertained. If I am not entertained, I don't spend $ on PPV. As a customer of the UFC, it is our right to complain, we pay for the shit. Get over it.
angry little feet- August 9, 2012 at 10:05 am
"Are his fights entertaining? His last one was"

Nice. I laughed.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 10:10 am
Thanks bro! What is your take on our "difference of opinions"?
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 7:16 am
Is this Fitch's attempt to actually be interesting? So far, not bad. I actually read all his statements/article without taking a dump or falling asleep. As far as Pettis vs Cerrone. Can't believe it hasn't happened already honestly. I am not sure who I think would win since they both have great skill sets. I do think people give Pettis a little too much credit based on that kick. He is a great fighter but that loss to Guida is definitely a mark on the record. I think Ben will beat him up good this time if they do fight again.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 9, 2012 at 7:16 am
AND yes I have Bendo beating Frankie this weekend.
mma-ch- August 9, 2012 at 5:55 am
Well now since Koscheck want's AKA to burn, Fitch could magically get injured and fight him instead.
cman- August 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm
Yeah sop, pettis has way better, wait what?
Pettis is a contender for sure but the only reason anyone is listening is the show time kick. Which since it didn't end the fight but could arguably be said stole the fight Cerrone is certainly more game and well rounded and minus a desire to put on a show over win vs Diaz would have easily had an epic year last year.
Though I don't see pettis ducking cerrone, I sure as hell wouldn't bet big on him, nor think his tool bag is anywhere near impressive enough to pretend cerrone has no ways of winning. Guida even out game planned pettis.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm
@ HawaiioneLione

Ho! I seen what you did! You is un sneeky fuckah.
Sopapo- August 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm
Cerrone vs Pettis. Make it happen. Although i really cant find a way for cerrone to win, Pettis has better stand up. It would be a great fight for Anthony to get to catapult himself to the next title fight, after nate's fight.
hawaiianlion15- August 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm
AKA is full of fighters who've ducked each other for years, which is far more ironic than Fitch ducking Erick Silva.