Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis knows he needs to make a statement when he steps inside the Octagon against Donald Cerrone next week at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson.
After entering the UFC off his victory over current champion Benson Henderson, Pettis appeared to be a rising star. However, he took a match with Clay Guida while awaiting his title opportunity, and was defeated. “Showtime” also spent the majority of 2012 on the sidelines following surgery that was much-needed, but said during a conference call Tuesday that he “feels ready. I took the proper amount of time off and am feeling good.”
“It sucks where I ended up after the loss (to Guida),” Pettis said. “Here I am, two years later, working my way up. But everything happens for a reason. Guida exposed a hole in my game and made me work hard to become a better fighter.”
Pettis defeated Joe Lauzon in his last match, making it two straight since the Guida defeat. While nothing has been promised concerning Pettis and Cerrone, the winner will make a strong case to compete for the UFC title in the near future.