UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sergio Pettis believes he despatched a message to James Gallagher together with his efficiency within the Bellator 242 primary occasion.

Pettis (20-5 MMA, 2-Zero BMMA) stayed unbeaten to begin his Bellator profession on Friday when he outpointed Ricky Bandejas (13-Four MMA, 3-Three BMMA) over three rounds to win a unanimous choice at Mohegan Solar Enviornment. The battle was touted as a title eliminator within the bantamweight division.

Bandejas is, in fact, the one particular person to have overwhelmed Gallagher (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) in MMA, handing he brash Irishman a highlight-reel knockout at Bellator 204 in August 2018. Pettis stated he wasn’t going to fall sufferer to the identical consequence, even when it wasn’t probably the most thrilling contest.

“I don’t know if it was a press release for a title shot,” Pettis instructed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, post-fight at Bellator 242. “I believe it was simply one other good win on my resume. I beat a tricky Ricky Bandejas. I confirmed Gallagher that’s the way you do it, although. That’s the way you defend your self. These punches and people kicks, in the event you study protection, you’ll be able to block that (expletive).”

Pettis stated his verbal jab at Gallagher doesn’t imply he’s in search of that battle instantly. He believes the criticism towards Gallagher’s degree of competitors all through his profession is warranted, and pointed to the loss in opposition to Bandejas as proof of what occurs when he fights a official expertise.

It seems Pettis is trending towards a title shot in opposition to the winner of Juan Archuleta and Patrick Combine, who’re anticipated to battle for the vacant 135-pound title this 12 months. If Gallagher wins a couple of fights within the meantime, although, Pettis stated he’d welcome it.

“He’s started working his approach as much as get me,” Pettis stated. “He’s received a pair extra wins below his belt and beat some notable guys. If he can beat Ricky Bandejas then he deserves to battle me, irrespective of what number of followers you bought on Instagram.”

Pettis largely had his approach with Bandejas over the course of their three-round battle. He used superior placing to win each spherical on all three scorecards, however it wasn’t solely satisfying. Pettis has earned 10 of his previous 11 wins by choice, and stated it’s a objective to begin placing opponents away extra constantly.

“I’m essential of my very own efficiency,” Pettis stated. “Clearly I need to begin ending folks increasingly. Ricky was robust, man, so I needed to play a better recreation plan and I went on the market and did what I needed to do, however there’s extra to come back.”