Anthony Pettis just defeated Donald Cerrone to earn back-to-back knockout honors. UFC president Dana White said the results earned Pettis a future lightweight championship shot. Gray Maynard is interested in a meeting with the future title contender, but is willing to wait.
“Pettis is the fight I would love to have,” said Maynard to Bleacher Report. “At the same time, I understand why he would wait for a title shot. That is what we are all working towards and if that is on his plate then I get sitting out. The way I see it, whether it happens now or later, Pettis and I are on a collision course.”
Maynard spent 2011 battling Frankie Edgar over the lightweight championship. He was never able to win the title. Maynard was supposed to fight Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 before he pulled out with an injury. Pettis fought twice in the past two years. He ended both fights in the first round. He also holds a victory over the current champion Benson Henderson.
When Pettis and Maynard will return is not known. Henderson defends is championship against Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20.