Anthony Pettis has been looking to secure his shot at the UFC lightweight title for several months now. However, before “Showtime” can do so, he’ll have to get past new rival Donald Cerrone.
UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting.com that Cerrone and Pettis would serve as a title-eliminator bout.
“Yes,” said White, following UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II Saturday night. “We’re going to make it up to Pettis.”
After entering the UFC, Pettis, the WEC lightweight champion, was positioned to face the winner of Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard. The two, however, fought to a draw and a rematch was scheduled.
Not wanting to remain on the sidelines, Pettis took a bout with Clay Guida and was defeated. He has since defeated Joe Lauzon and position himself near the top of the pecking order again.
Cerrone, meanwhile, defeated Melvin Guillard Saturday night and has been calling out Pettis (15-2) for the past few weeks. “Cowboy” improved to 19-4 with his knockout victory over Guillard.
Current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is headed for a match up with Nate Diaz for the belt. An exact date and location for either 155-pound fights is currently unknown.