The final lightweight champion of the WEC, Anthony Pettis, was promised a shot at UFC gold when Zuffa melded together the UFC and the WEC at the beginning of this year.
While UFC champ Frankie Edgar and number one contender Gray Maynard settle their business (they fought to a draw in a title fight and saw their rubber match postponed due to injuries on both sides), Pettis opted to stay active and took a fight against longtime UFC lightweight staple Clay Guida. The fight took place last night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and saw Pettis out-wrestled en route to a decision loss — the defeat costing him his guaranteed shot at the title.
Does that mean that to the victor goes the spoils and that Guida has inherited Pettis’ title shot? Not quite, according to UFC president Dana White.
White spoke with MMAFighting.com following last night’s fight and revealed that 20-2 Jim Miller is still the frontrunner for a shot at the winner of the eventual third bout between Edgar and Maynard.
Though Guida indicated that he is ready for and wanting of a title shot, it’s hard to argue that anyone deserves the shot more than 27-year-old Miller. Miller has gone undefeated in his last seven fights, with his most recent loss coming in early 2009 against Gray Maynard. Among his recent list of victims are Kamal Shalorus, Mark Bocek, Mac Danzig, Gleison Tibau, and Charles Oliveira.
Miller is currently scheduled to face Ben Henderson this August 14 at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
In comparison, Guida has gone four in a row since losing twice consecutively to Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez, having defeated Shannon Gugerty, Rafael dos Anjos, Takanori Gomi and, of course, Pettis.