It’s really hard to argue that Anthony Pettis hasn’t gotten the short end of the stick since the WEC merged with the UFC.
The last WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was expected to face the winner of January’s title fight between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard — but then they fought to a draw. So, Pettis took a fight with Clay Guida to stay busy/relevant in the meantime. Edgar and Maynard were expected to face off this weekend, but were both forced out of the bout with injuries, making it so Pettis will have to wait even longer for a title shot, provided he defeat Guida.
UFC president Dana White recently discussed Pettis’ less-than-enviable position at 155-pounds (props to FightersOnly).
“That kid’s in a bad position,” said White. “He’s supposed to be the next in line. All this craziness happens. [Edgar and Maynard] both get hurt, and it gets pushed back again. The first one is a draw, then they get hurt, and it gets pushed back again. But this is one of those things that happens in a sport like this.”
Speaking earnestly, White admitted that Pettis’ retention of a guaranteed title shot will last only if he gets past Guida, and then likely someone else.
“I respect [Pettis] for stepping up and taking on a tough guy like Guida, and he’ll probably have to fight again before he gets a shot at one of those guys,” he said. “Sucks for him. It’s a shi**y position for him to be in.”
Pettis last appeared in action in December at WEC 53, where he took the WEC belt from Ben Henderson with the highlight-reel “Showtime” kick.