Anthony Pettis Awaiting UFC Title Fight

The No. 1 UFC lightweight contender wants his shot at a title – but at what cost?

Ed Millerby Ed Miller

Last Saturday night, former WEC stablemate Jose Aldo defended his featherweight title for the sixth straight time, beating out Frankie Edgar at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Meanwhile, the No. 1 lightweight contender Anthony Pettis continues to wait for his shot at the lightweight title.

Pettis, 26, has been waiting for his chance for quite some time and is now expected to fight the winner of Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez, for the lightweight title.  The problem is that the Henderson-Melendez fight doesn’t take place until the end of April, so Pettis will once again spend a great deal of time awaiting his shot.  He’s so fed up that he’s taken matters into his own hands, texting UFC President Dana White to let him know he’s ready to go.

And he’d even drop to featherweight to get his chance.

“I'm tired of waiting, man,” Pettis told The MMA Hour.  “I'm just tired of getting passed up.  I was in the same position twice. I was there, I was the next guy in line, and it all depends on who the UFC wants to see fight. That's what it's all about.”

As the final WEC lightweight champion in 2011, Pettis was scheduled to challenge the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard II for the UFC title but the fight ended in a draw and a rematch was quickly booked.  Instead Pettis fought Clay Guida to stay active and his title fight – and shot at the UFC belt – never panned out. 

Just two weeks ago Pettis beat Donald Cerrone and already he’s back in the gym training hard, just in case Henderson or Melendez become unable to fight.  The lightweight is focused, determined and relentless, believing he won’t have any issues slimming down to a lighter weight to challenge Aldo and his featherweight title.

”I want to fight for a belt, man. That's the intriguing part for me,” Pettis admitted. “It's another belt, and I don't think the weight cut would impossible. I think it's something I could pretty easily do.”

Though it won’t be easy, Pettis might just have a shot at becoming a two-division UFC champion.  It won’t be easy, and will take a lot of work, but he finally shouldn’t have to wait all that long – well, for the one title shot at least.

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