There are certain qualities all successful fighters possess beyond physical characteristics like strength, speed, and endurance. One of the necessary elements is holding absolute confidence in yourself; a genuine belief your overall abilities are not only superior to your immediate foe but those of any you’ll face. Anthony Pettis is such a competitor.
While it would have been understandable to most if “Showtime” had opted to sit out until UFC 155-pound champion Frank Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard resolve their trilogy in hopes of capitalizing on the title-shot Pettis earned with a win over Ben Henderson at WEC 53, the soon-to-be 23-year old appears to instead be strapping up for action in May or June and won’t be looking for an easy road to the belt. In fact, it appears he’ll be facing one of the UFC’s toughest tests – Clay Guida.
News of the match-up and targeted dates was reported by ESPN. The events coordinating with the time-frame are UFC 130 and UFC 131.
Guida is coming off a submission win over Takanori Gomi at UFC 125, his third consecutive victory in the Octagon. Known for his granite-chin, grappling, and frenetic pace in the cage, “The Carpenter” is 28-11 in his career and has found success against a number of respected adversaries including Mac Danzig, Nate Diaz, and Josh Thomson. If the bout comes to fruition he will by far represent the most difficult draw of Pettis’ three-year journey in Mixed Martial Arts.
The Duke Roufus-trained product is 13-1 with his only loss being a split decision to Bart Palaszewski in December 2009. In addition to Henderson, Pettis also holds victories over Shane Roller, Danny Castillo, and Alex Karalexis.
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