Anthony “Showtime” Pettis earned a shot at the UFC lightweight title back in 2010 but never faced the champ for injuries and rematches; after a stellar performance tonight at UFC 144, it looks like he’ll finally be able to cash that check.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan announced at the tail end of the UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson pay-per-view broadcast that Pettis is the next contender to the lightweight throne, now occupied by Benson Henderson.
Pettis stole the WEC lightweight title from Henderson in the promotion’s final event to earn that initial title shot and, with Henderson having deposed Frankie Edgar tonight, he’ll face the Smooth one for the title once again.
Pettis made it 2-1 in the UFC tonight in a big way, flooring the surging Joe Lauzon with a brilliant head kick in the first round that brought about the end of the fight.
UFC president Dana White tentatively confirmed Pettis as the number one contender at the post-fight press conference.
UFC 144 went down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. For full results from the event, click here.