Friday, 11 January 2013

Greg Jackson expects "a real war" between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis at UFC on Fox 6


By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

"Cowboy is certainly a little unique in the way he does his striking, and we've seen how dynamic Pettis is. I don't think it will be typical anywhere. On the ground, on the feet, in the wrestling aspect - I don't think it's going to be a typical fight anywhere just because both of these guys are so talented. It's going to be one of those fights where you have to fight for small things and try to get the advantage where you can. It's a real war. I'm really looking forward to the fight. Pettis is amazing. He comes from a great camp, and I think it's going to be a hell of a fight.

The nice thing about using the 'Showtime' kick - and you never know if he's got new tricks or not - but you know it's coming. If he jumps up there, Cowboy's going to say, 'OK, it's going to come for the head,' and hopefully he'll put his hand up or move out of the way. But definitely, the amount of studying that Cowboy's done - he says, 'Oh, I just get in there and fight,' but he's actually pretty smart about what he does and I'm sure he'll be ready for that. But for me, it's much more of what we can improve on in Cowboy's game to stop Pettis from kind of having his way. We focused a lot on that.

-Trainer Greg Jackson discusses the upcoming UFC on Fox 6 bout between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis in an interview with

Penick's Analysis: Jackson's clearly got a lot of respect for the skills of Anthony Pettis, and Cerrone knows he's got a very dangerous opponent in front of him, even if he puts up a front otherwise. There's no reason to believe the fight will be anything less than excellent, as the matchup lends itself to an exciting bout on paper. They're both fairly dynamic in a number of aspects of the game, and this fight may come down to something Jackson touches on here. If Pettis is allowed to have his way, it could be a very rough night for Cerrone, but if Cerrone can stop him from doing that, things could be very interesting in Chicago.

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