Atlanta, GA — Myles Price has not had the easiest road through the PFL’s 2022 season.
In fact, there’s a case to be made for him having the toughest path to the post-season, should he get there.
Coming off a multi-year layoff, Price (11-8) opened his season against Anthony Pettis, only to be submitted in the opening round. Now, he returns against another former UFC star, Jeremy Stephens, at PFL 4 on Friday. He’s also making a quick turnaround, as his opening round fight with Pettis had been pushed back several weeks.
As to what that path says about Price, “I think it says as a person, I’m just ready to take risks,” he said during this week’s PFL 4 media day. “You have to take risks if you want to grow as a person, and as an athlete in particular in this sport. It’s a win-win for me, I love challenges and I love taking away what I get from those challenges. So bring it on, basically.”
When it comes to the fight with Pettis, “I learned a lot about myself and I took a lot away from being in there and feeling an opponent like Anthony Pettis,” said Price. “He’s been to the heights of the sport, to get that feel and be in there with him— and also, I know I have a much more vast skill set than that. Just froze a little bit in certain scenarios because look, three and a half year layoff, long waiting time. So they’re the two things I took from it: the feel of the opponent, and the shake-off to bring into this fight.”
Now it’s on to Stephens, who is coming off a losing effort in a Fight of the Year candidate against Clay Collard. “I thought it was great. I watched it, I was like a fan. I was like ‘wow, that was an unreal fight,'” Price told Cageside Press when asked about Stephens’ PFL debut.
“The two of them have great chins, so I assumed they were going to be able to take each other’s shots, and kind of just have a barn burner. Which happened. It was really entertaining though, wasn’t it?”
While getting Pettis and Stephens says a lot about what the PFL sees in Myles Price, he admits he would rather have fought “Lil Heathen” first.
“I would have preferred it the other way around, really, because I would have liked to build up to Anthony Pettis,” Price admitted. “But tomatoes, tomat-oes. I got to fizzle out the opponent, and focus on me. It’s not what they’re doing, it’s what I’m doing.”
Watch the full PFL 4 media day appearance by Myles Price above. The event goes down this Friday, June 17, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.