Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis finally returned to the Octagon Saturday night, and “Showtime” delivered yet another highlight-worthy victory.
Pettis finished Donald Cerrone, launching a series of devastating liver kicks that floored “Cowboy.” Now, Pettis wants his shot at the UFC lightweight title.
“It feels amazing,” said Pettis, on the Fuel TV post-fight show. “People talked about having ring rust, but there was no ring rust. I love to fight. I trained my butt off.”
Pettis heard all the call-outs by Cerrone, and said that motivated him to “finish him. I didn’t want a decision. I was at home hurt and couldn’t do anything about it, and it built up into those two minutes, so I took it out on him.”
Current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who’s last loss was to Pettis in the WEC, is set to face Gilbert Melendez in April. Pettis has been informed he will receive the next shot at the title, as long as he is willing to wait for the contract.