The 32 year-old American comes into this fight on the back of a unanimous decision loss to Nate Diaz, where he was unable to cope with the pressure applied by his opponent.
Pettis is one of the best kick-boxers in the sport and there is some serious power in his kicks and punches. He’s also underrated when it comes to his jiu-jitsu.
The 34 year-old Brazilian Ferreira is currently on a five-fight winning streak. His most recent win was a decision victory over Mairbek Taisumov in September.
He’s beaten some decent fighters in his recent winning run, but this will be the biggest fight of Ferreira’s life against former champion Pettis and it could be a defining moment in his career.
Ferreira is an excellent grappler and a jiu-jitsu black belt, but at his age he isn’t going to get too many more chances to establish himself among the elite. He really needs to beat Pettis if he is to be seen as a genuine title challenger going forward.
To beat Pettis, the Brazilian really needs to force the American onto the back foot and cut off the octagon.
Anthony Pettis vs Carlos Diego Ferreira Betting Lines & Prediction
With regards to our UFC 246 predictions, the momentum coming into this fight is with Carlos Ferreira and he’s the tip to take the win.