After a long and difficult road, UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis has finally scored the shot at divisional gold he’s been holding out hope for since entering the organization as WEC champion only to lose his debut after opting to take a tilt rather than wait for the opportunity he’d already been promised. He has won all three of his scraps since the stumble including a first frame finish of Donald Cerrone last night at UFC on FOX 6.
UFC President Dana White confirmed Pettis’ place at the top after the event’s conclusion, saying Strikeforce’s Gilbert Melendez would be next for Benson Henderson with Pettis facing the winner at some point in 2013.
This time around Pettis won’t make the same mistake as before, announcing he intended to sit things out rather than risk his status as the next #1 contender.
“If it’s a guaranteed title shot, I’m waiting. That’s what my goals are, that was my goal this year, if it’s next I’m definitely going to wait – get better and get what’s mine,” said Pettis to media at the post-fight presser for UFC on FOX 6.
Pettis’ win over Cerrone was the thirteenth finish of his career and improved his overall mark to 16-2. Also notable, the 26-year old is the last man to have beaten Henderson, outpointing him in a 2010 tilt laden with highlights including Pettis’ infamous “Showtime Kick” off the cage.
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