It was announced at the end of the UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson pay-per-view broadcast that the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, would finally get the UFC title shot that he earned by initially winning that WEC belt.
Pettis floored the surging Joe Lauzon last night with a highlight reel left head kick in the first round that sent him to the mat and far from consciousness. Considering the fact that Pettis took the WEC lightweight belt from Benson Henderson in a five-round classic and Henderson stole the UFC title from Frankie Edgar last night, a rematch between the two for the title seems to make perfect sense.
Though UFC president Dana White told Ariel Helwani on the Fuel TV post-fight show that he thinks Pettis is definitely ready for a shot at the belt, he isn’t going on the record just yet as declaring Showtime the official number one contender.
“How would Pettis not be ready for a title shot? He’s absolutely ready,” said White. “But, there’s a few guys in that division (who are ready). The problem is that division is so stacked it’s tough to make a decision and that’s a good problem to have.”
UFC 144 went down last night from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. For results and a full recap of the event, click here.