People will laugh at this and poke fun at him but how do you expect any fighter in the UFC to respond in an interview when asked about the division and the champion.
Would you prefer it if he said "I lose to Pettis every single time, I have no chance of beating him". WTF do you expect him to say? What if you were a fighter on the roster and you were asked about the champion, would you too say that you weren't confident you could beat the champ, or would you stamp your authority and be confident that you could?
Always makes me laugh at the pure arrogance of people when they laugh and stick their nose up at fighters for saying they can beat the champ when they're asked about it in an interview.
Does it look likely that Sanchez could beat Pettis from a fans perspective? Obviously not, but sticking your nose up at a fighters attitude and confidence for believing he can is just arrogant.
If you're not willing to die for it remove the word freedom from your vocabulary.