Anthony Pettis lost his spot at contending for the UFC lightweight championship after suffering a decision loss to Clay Guida. Now, with a bout against Joe Lauzon scheduled for UFC 144 in February, “Showtime” feels like he is on the cusp of competing for the UFC title.
“I want to fight top-five guys so I can get that title shot back,” said Pettis, in an interview with US Combat Sports. “(Benson) Henderson’s getting a title shot and that’s supposed to be my position so I want to go back for that. Fighting a guy like Joe Lauzon and winning that impressively would get back right back in that title shot.”
Pettis-Lauzon will take place from Saitama, Japan on February 25. The main event of UFC 144 is expected to be UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his title against Henderson. As for Lauzon, who is coming off a victory over Melvin Guillard via submission, Pettis says he plans to stick to his best attributes to defeat “J-Lau.”
“I definitely think everybody I fight against, my striking is going to be my strength, but I’m getting better everywhere,” Pettis said. “My wrestling is getting better, my jiu-jitsu is just as good as his I think, and for me, it’s just a matter of having a good game plan and following through.”