Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has his sights set on competing for the UFC 155-pound title as soon as possible. To help push himself up the rankings, Pettis feels a fight with Joe Lauzon is next on the table.
Lauzon, who defeated Melvin Guillard by submission at UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III, says he is all for it. Pettis also competed on the same card, defeating Jeremy Stephens by decision.
“I think it would be an exciting fight. It doesn’t matter to me who I fight. Whoever the UFC says they want me to fight, I’ll fight,” said Lauzon, in an interview with the Boston Herald. “If they want it to be Anthony Pettis, I’ll fight Pettis.”
Lauzon was also called out by Guillard prior to their bout. Guillard had worked his way into contention to challenge Frankie Edgar for the UFC title, but “J-Lau” snapped in a rear-naked choke and scored Submission of the Night honors. Lauzon has won each of his last four fights by submission.
“I’m not sure why people are calling me out, but I’m fine with it,” Lauzon said. “I have to be doing something right if everybody wants to fight me. I definitely don’t think it’s a bad thing. It’s awesome getting called out by guys like that, that are doing really well.”