Pettis gracious in defeat

Anthony Pettis may have lost at UFC 197 on Saturday, but he sure knows how to be a gentleman about it.

Pettis suffered his third consecutive loss when Edson Barboza beat him via unanimous decision in a three-round fight in Las Vegas.

Instead of making excuses or taking cheap shots at his opponent, Pettis took to Twitter to congratulate Barboza on his victory.

“Congrats @EdsonBarbozaJR honor to share the octagon with you! Shed my tears and back to the grind… This is all I know. Thx to my team!!!” Pettis wrote.

The loss to Barboza further diminishes Pettis’ chances of getting a rematch against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Dos Anjos took the lightweight title from Pettis when he defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC 185 in March last year.

Pettis will now have to build his way back up again if he is to receive a title fight and regain the title he lost in 2015.