With the recent announcement that Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard’s title fight rubber match would be postponed due to both men having suffered injuries, the UFC’s lightweight division is stuck spinning its wheels.
To the up-and-comers in the division this doesn’t mean much, but to fighters on the cusp of a title shot like Jim Miller or Anthony Pettis, the idea that the logjam at the top of the division isn’t going away anytime soon is at least a source of annoyance.
Pettis, who was denied a promised title shot when Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw last January, recently spoke with Heavy.com about the 155lbs. weight class’ newest delay and also revealed that he almost fought Maynard in Edgar’s stead.
“They were going to have me fight Maynard on that card. I said yes to that deal right away. I guess it turns out that it’s not going to happen. I’m back to fighting [Clay] Guida,” Pettis said. “It sucks that he got injured, because it kinda puts the whole lightweight division back on standstill.”
For “Showtime,” the mounting frustration at the increasingly tangled lightweight title picture will provide great motivation for his upcoming bout against the UFC’s resident whirling dervish: Clay Guida.
“For three or four days I thought I was going to fight on May 28 and now it’s just killing me, so I’m going to take it out on Clay Guida.”