Anthony “Showtime” Pettis was positioned to fight for UFC gold after winning the final WEC lightweight championship in dramatic fashion late last year. Unfortunately for Showtime, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard had business to settle at the top of the heap before anyone else could get a crack at the belt. The last two fights in their epic trilogy took the better part of a year to complete, so Pettis jumped right into the mix of UFC contenders to keep busy while Edgar and Maynard settled things.
The 24-year-old Duke Roufus protege would lose a decision in his first UFC fight to current top contender Clay Guida, but would take home a lesson in that fight which would serve him well in his next outing. At UFC 136 earlier this month, Pettis took home a decision win over Jeremy Stephens by virtue of his blossoming wrestling skills. Now, the flashy young fighter is gearing up for another run at the title and recently told CageFanatic.com that he has his eyes on a match with another lightweight who was successful at UFC 136.
“I have no idea who my next opponent is but anybody in the top five,” said Pettis. “I’m going for that title shot, that title shot run, so anybody who’s a top five guy, I’m ready for them.”
“Joe Lauzon just beat Melvin Guillard, I think that would be a great fight for me,” he added.
Check out Pettis’ entire interview with CageFanatic below.