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Anthony Pettis Gives Himself Birthday Present By Stopping Donald Cerrone

Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis showed no signs of Octagon-rust Saturday night, stopping Donald Cerrone just minutes into their bout at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. “Showtime” had not competed since early in 2012 after undergoing surgery.

After landing a series of kicks to the body that hurt Cerrone, Pettis (16-2) unloaded with a liver kick that dropped “Cowboy.” Pettis followed up with a pair of rights, and the referee stepped in to stop the action.

“Donald called me out,” Pettis said. “I’m not scared to fight anybody.”

After entering the UFC as the final WEC champ, Pettis accepted a bout with Clay Guida while waiting for a title shot. He lost to Guida, and was passed over by Benson Henderson for a shot at Frankie Edgar. Pettis defeated Henderson for the WEC title.

“Dana White, what do I have to do to earn a title shot? I want the champ,” Pettis said.

Pettis, who has posted a 7-1 record in his last eight fights and became the first fighter to stop Cerrone via TKO or knockout, had one more request for White and the UFC.

“Tonight’s my birthday,” Pettis said, “That (Knockout of the night) bonus would be nice for my birthday.”

Henderson is set to face Gilbert Melendez, the final Strikeforce lightweight champion in April, but White did post on Twitter, “Pettis=AMAZING!!!! Ok I’m sold.”