Ex-champ Anthony Pettis calls out Al Iaquinta and Nate Diaz – with a not-so-nice dig at the Diazes

Back in the win column with a key victory, Anthony Pettis is ready for another fight.

On Saturday the former UFC lightweight champion targeted two names for his next outing.

Pettis (21-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC), who’s coming off a second-round submission win over Michael Chiesa (14-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) earlier this month at UFC 226 (check out his post-fight interview above), issued his callouts on late Sunday night.

They included fellow contender Al Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and frequent callout target Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) – with a not-so-nice hashtag directed at Nate and brother Nick Diaz, with whom he has a bit of a rocky history (via Twitter):

“Yo @ALIAQUINTA I’m down 2 Fight @ufc said you are out indefinitely @NateDiaz209 what’s up don’t be scared homie #teampettis #fuckthediazbrothers @danawhite”

Neither fighter has yet responded.

With this UFC 226 win, Pettis moved to 2-1 in his past three fights and sits No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. Although he may want to fight sooner, Pettis would be a natural fight for UFC on FOX 31, which takes place Dec. 15 in Pettis’ hometown of Milwaukee.

Iaquinta had won five straight fights before a recent last-minute-notice loss to now-champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in April at UFC 223. It came after a yearlong layoff for the fighter, who also had a two-year layoff from 2015-2017 while he awaited a better contract and feuded with UFC President Dana White.

Diaz, meanwhile, hasn’t been in action in nearly two years – since a majority-decision loss to Conor McGregor in their rematch that proved a pay-per-view blockbuster. Despite being a frequent callout for fellow fighters, Diaz has no concrete plans for a return to the cage – and appears to be limiting his fights to outside of the MMA confines.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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