For Anthony Pettis, getting back inside the Octagon as soon as possible is the best way to continue his quest to regain a shot at the UFC lightweight title. Pettis, who defeated Jeremy Stephens recently at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, said on Pro MMA Radio that he wants another fight before the end of the year.
“I’d love to get back in there. That’d be ideal,” Pettis said (thanks to MMAMania for transcribing). “There’s match ups going on right now and it doesn’t seem too promising. But I’ll be healthy and get ready and if anybody gets hurt or injured, I’ll be ready.”
One upcoming 155-pound battle that will have the eyes of Pettis focused on it is in November at UFC on FOX 1, as Ben Henderson meets Clay Guida. “Showtime” defeated Henderson in the last WEC match, while Guida stopped Pettis in his UFC debut. The winner of Henderson-Guida is being rumored to become the No. 1 contender to Frankie Edgar’s crown.
“I think Ben Henderson’s gonna walk away with the ‘W.’ I feel he’s on a tear,” Pettis said. “I think I motivated him the way Guida motivated me. He looks like he means business and he’s wrestling and he’s striking well.”
Pettis went on to say a great fight for him is, “anybody in the top-5 that will get me one step closer (to a title shot), I’m interested in fighting.”