Pettis still No. 1 contender in UFC Lightweight Division

nullIn some news that was swept under the rug this past weekend due to all the excitement of UFC 129, UFC President Dana White confirmed that final WEC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis, is still the No. 1 contender for the UFC title.

The lightweight division in the UFC may be the most stacked of any and it is starting to get crowded at the top.

Pettis was originally scheduled to get a crack at the title following Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard’s title fight at UFC 125, but a draw left the whole division wondering what was next.

White scheduled a third bout between Edgar and Maynard, which takes place at UFC 130 on May 28. Following that contest, Pettis will be the new No. 1 contender according to, who spoke with White.

“It’s Pettis,” UFC President Dana White confirmed when asked who would be getting the next crack at the championship.

The confirmation obviously gives Pettis extra motivation going into the June fight with Clay Guida. A win guarantees a title shot, likely towards the end of 2011.

Pettis won’t focus on the title shot at this time though because the business at hand is beating Guida. Without that, White’s declaration of his title shot doesn’t even matter.

Pettis meets Guida at the Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale on Saturday, June 4. It will be Pettis’ toughest test to date and his first bout in nearly six months.

Since Pettis landed his infamous “Showtime kick” on Ben Henderson in the final WEC event in the organization’s history, UFC lightweight Jim Miller and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez have all stated their desire to get the next UFC title fight.

Miller is 20-2 in his career and on a 7-fight win streak. Miller’s lone losses were decisions to Edgar and Maynard.

Milendez is 19-2 and has won 5-straight fights and is the Strikeforce champion. Now with Zuffa controlling Strikeforce, a unification bout is more possible.

Pettis is 13-1 with his lone loss being a split decision to Bart Palaszewski. Since that loss, Pettis has won 4-straight fights, with three coming by stoppage.

Who do you think deserves the next title fight, and if Clay Guida beats Pettis, does he deserve some consideration?


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