UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis conducted an interview with various media members in the wake of UFC 167 where he discussed a variety of topics. Obviously the biggest two were his current injury situation and his brother Sergio Pettis picking up a win in his UFC debut. Another interesting topic was an altercation he had with Nick Diaz and his crew at a Vegas nightclub the night before.
On Sergio's victory in his debut:
"I hate watching him. Even from his Taekwondo days, my brotherly instincts is to protect my younger brother. Now he's out there doing his own thing. We got the win, but I think we put pressure on ourselves to perform and finish fights, so he was a little disappointed he didn't get the finish. But we got the win, so we're very happy about it."
"I think he can fight better. I spar with him all the time and he probably gives me the hardest rounds out of everybody. So I know he has a lot more potential. Now it has to match the nerves, that's the hardest part about it, the mental game is what makes champions. There's guys out there that are so good but they just can't mentally put it together, so that's what we work on. The thing is, I'd rather let him have 15 minutes of experience over a two-minute knockout. So it was very good what happened today."
"I told him it's not about our dad, it's not about Anthony Pettis today. It's about Sergio Pettis. You start your journey, you start your destiny. And take advantage of it. Fall in love with the atmopshere, the feeling of walking out to the octagon. And don't make it a job, make this fun."
On his current injury situation:
"Honestly I don't have a clear answer. I've seen a couple of doctors, they're all saying 'maybe surgery, maybe not surgery'. I tore my PCL, I actually tore it in the Henderson fight. I gave it eight weeks off. The first time I came back to train for the Thomson fight I got kicked in the same spot and it's a whole tear this time. So it's either surgery, or...I'll find out Monday, I'm going to LA again to find out if I need surgery. If it's surgery, six to seven months. If it's no surgery, six to seven weeks. So I'm hoping for the best."
"I'm only 26 years old, I have a long time. I just don't want to waste my prime injured."
His side of the Diaz altercation:
"I think twitter made it bigger than it really was. One of Nick Diaz's friends...I was taking a picture with a fan, and he had something to say. My family don't play, his family don't play. Drinks got thrown, security came. Me and Nick Diaz never had a confrontation together. I think twitter blew it up to be a little more than it was. That's normal for me in Milwaukee, it doesn't matter."
You can check out the entire interview in the video above (via MMA Fight Corner).