The last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis has been patiently waiting in the wings for his shot at the UFC 155lbs. title since the two organizations merged last year.
Though the shot was promised to him once champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard settle their business on account of his being the WEC lightweight champ, Maynard told MMAFA.tv recently that he doesn’t believe “Showtime” has faced stiff enough competition to warrant his spot at the top of the division.
“I mean, who has he fought? I’ve been in the trenches this whole time fighting the toughest guys,” said Maynard. “He throws one kick and then he’s the greatest in the world? Let’s look at who he’s fought. Ben Henderson is the best name. And I don’t mind fighting him; I don’t care if I win the belt and then I have to take him on. But for me, guys like Miller, Melendez and all of these guys who have been on the f**cking grind, fighting the best competition for the past few years… that’s what I look at. Who have you fought? I don’t care about how good you looked when you fought a scrub. That doesn’t matter. If a guy isn’t good then you’re not supposed to look good. And for me, [Pettis] has fought one good guy in Ben, and he isn’t proven yet. He’s tough as hell, but we’ll see.”
Pettis recently responded to Maynard in an interview with Heavy.com.
“I feel bad for the guys in the WEC. He’s downgrading all of the WEC fighters, which are doing very well in the WEC,” said Pettis. “If I’m fighting scrubs, his peers are getting beat by the scrubs I’ve been fighting. I feel that he might a little jealous of my level of success so fast. I’m probably the most famous UFC fighter that hasn’t fought in the UFC yet.”
The Duke Roufus-trained 24-year-old is scheduled to take on Clay Guida this June 4 at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finalewhile Maynard and Edgar recover from separate injuries and prepare to face off in a rubber match.