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UFC on FOX 17: Anthony Pettis 'hates' Rafael dos Anjos, offers to train with Cowboy Cerrone for title fight

Rivals-turned training partners?

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Anthony Pettis lost his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos earlier this year in what proved to be a one-sided beatdown at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas.

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Now, "Showtime" wants to help Donald Cerrone win the title, as "Cowboy" recently revealed during his stop at the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (via Bloody Elbow) that Pettis offered up his services as a training partner for his upcoming showdown against "RDA."

"Anthony told me, he said 'Cowboy, if you need me to come down and train for Dos Anjos -- I hate that motherfucker!'" Cerrone said about the offer. "I said 'Pettis, I might just hit you up on that," concluded the talented striker.

Pettis defeated Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 two years ago in a bout that was filled with tension thanks to the back-and-forth banter between the two men prior to the bout.

But, Pettis is willing to put all of that aside to help Donald capture his first-ever UFC title when "Cowboy" tangles with the Brazilian bomber at UFC on FOX 17 on Dec. 19, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Whether or not Pettis and Cerrone share some mat time ahead of the much-anticipated 155-pound title fight, remains to be seen.

But will it make much of a difference should the two men train together? Or will dos Anjos give Cerrone some more of the same treatment he gave him in their initial encounter?

To see the latest up to date UFC on FOX 17 fight card click here.

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