A potential opponent for the last World Extreme Cagefighting champion, Anthony Pettis, has been revealed by UFC President Dana White. That potential opponent is UFC lightweight and workman, Clay Guida.
Pettis used 2010 to find his place among the WEC lightweight division with four impressive victories. He topped even himself with his victory over Benson Henderson at the last WEC event before the promotion was merged with the UFC. Pettis used the big stage to set the MMA world ablaze with his highlight reel kick from the cage maneuver to seal the fight.
The intended plan was for Pettis to face the winner of the UFC Lightweight Championship match between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 125. However, that title unification bout was put on hold with Edgar and Maynard battled to a five round draw. It was initially announced that Pettis would get the next shot against Edgar, however plans were quickly changed and the third matchup between Edgar and Maynard is being planned.
Instead of waiting for his shot, Pettis has decided to take another fight in the meantime. During a conference call, White mentioned that Guida may be the opponent planned for Pettis. The fight could occur at either UFC 130 or 131 which are planned for May and June respectively. UFC 130 will be held in Las Vegas while UFC 131 is planned for Vancouver, Canada.
With an 8-5 record in the UFC, Guida has pushed his way into title contention. To start this year he finished the once potent Takanori Gomi with a guillotine choke in the second round. Guida’s resume includes wins Mac Danzig, Nate Diaz, Rafael dos Anjos and Marcus Aurelio.
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