Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been in this situation before. Upon exiting the WEC, Pettis was told he would receive the next shot at the UFC lightweight title.
The belt, which was held by Frankie Edgar at the time, became tied up between Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard after they fought to a draw.
Following his recent victory over Donald Cerrone, Pettis was informed he would receive the next shot at the belt. Current UFC 155-pound champion Benson Henderson faces Gilbert Melendez in April at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez. And, as far as “Showtime” is concerned, he just wants a winner decided.
“Somebody finish the fight so we’ll have a champ that I can fight,” said Pettis, during a recent appearance on Sherdog’s Beatdown radio. “I’m tired of chasing (the belt). I’m tired of waiting and putting my career on hold.”
Pettis (16-2) has won three in a row since a 2011 loss to Clay Guida that knocked him from the top contender position. Henderson, who lost the WEC title to Pettis, went on to secure a title shot and defeat Edgar.