When the UFC absorbed the WEC and all of it’s weight classes, it was understood that the champions in the one overlapping division – lightweight – would be squaring off as soon as possible to unify the two belts. That meant that Jon Jones wouldn’t be the only 23-year old fighting for a championship title in 2011, as young WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis was promised a shot at the winner of the UFC 155lbs. title scrap between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
Well, you know what they say of “the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men;” Pettis’ opportunity at a UFC title shot was postponed after Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw and Maynard was given the immediate rematch. Not wanting to sit on the shelf for an extended period of time, “Showtime” accepted a fight with and is now scheduled to face Clay Guida while Edgar and Maynard sort out the lightweight title picture. Pettis recently spoke with FightLine.com about the disappointment he felt at seeing his title shot slip away and the treatment he received from the UFC.
“I was disappointed because I was promised a shot and after the fact I was still promised the shot, so I was a little disappointed but life goes on,” said Pettis. “I have a new opponent and it’s just a little longer wait for me to get my title shot but it’s coming.”
Pettis revealed that he was not compensated for his missed opportunity, nor even offered an apology over the circumstances by any of the UFC brass.
“No, not at all,” said Pettis when asked if he was at least given the courtesy of a verbal apology. “I didn’t get no apology or anything like that, but they have their reasons for making their decisions. We’ll see when I fight Clay Guida, if I get taken care of.”
Pettis will be looking for his respect when he takes on Guida this June 4 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, which will go down at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.