Anthony Pettis has turned his attention to Max Holloway following his successful featherweight debut last month.
Pettis triumphed over Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver after making the Brazilian submit via a guillotine choke in the third round.
Following the fight, Pettis revealed that he is determined to earn a title shot, and believes that he can take a step closer to that goal if he were to beat Holloway.
Holloway, who has not fought since his unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas in June this year, is currently on a nine-fight winning streak.
“I’ve made my decision, I think me and Max Holloway would be a great fight. He’s sitting there on the sidelines waiting for a title shot, as well,” Pettis told The MMA Hour. “He’s No. 3 in the world at featherweight and that’s the guy I would love to see myself fighting at 145 pounds. But then at 155 pounds, there are still good fights for me, too. I just have to sit down and figure it out.”
If Pettis’ wish of fighting Holloway is granted, the former UFC lightweight champion has said that he would like nothing more than to face the Hawaii native at UFC 205 in New York on November 12 as that date holds special meaning to him.
“New York City, Nov. 12. There are a lot of special things for me on that day. Nov. 12 is the day my dad passed away,” Pettis said. “That was rough day for my family. So with a Madison Square Garden fight, that day, it would be awesome to be on the card and make that day a special day for my family, and not have to remember, I mean, we are still going to remember it.
“We used to take the day completely off, I would hang out with my mom. My mom takes it pretty hard, so that was always a day for my mom.”