5 Reasons Anthony Pettis Should Get The Next Title Shot

Former WEC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is now one step away from his long-awaited shot at the title, fresh off a convincing performance against Donald Cerrone LIVE on FOX. Pettis is currently 16-2 in his MMA career, losing only to Clay Guida and Bart Palaszewski, both via decision. Pettis holds victories over Benson Henderson, Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone and Danny Castillo, which makes him one of the Top 5 155′ers on the planet.

Despite Pettis’ success in the UFC, he will have to wait for his chance to dethrone Benderson, since the champ is already scheduled to face Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7 in April. However, with zero UFC fights under his belt, I would suggest Anthony Pettis as a legitimate number one contender, just like Gilbert Melendez. Both are coming from a devoured promotion, and both have to unify their titles. Pettis has a long history of not using his title shots.  Below are five reasons why now is the time:

#1 – Victory over Donald Cerrone

There’s no doubt about Cowboy Cerrone being one of the toughest fighters in the UFC Lightweight division. Moreover, Cerrone not once proved himself against top-tier competition, and was en route to become the next #1 contender. Anthony Pettis proved a point against Cerrone, in what was a bold title shot statement.

#2 – Promises should be kept

To tell you the truth, I’m a bit confused about Anthony Pettis’ situation. He was supposed to fight for the title after his victory over Ben Henderson in WEC, the he lost a decision to Clay Guida, then he won against Stephens and Lauzon, but got injured and got Cowboy Cerrone instead. One way or another, Pettis is still the last reigning WEC Lightweight champion, and he simply has to fight for UFC Lightweight title. Until then, this absurd situation makes him the linear UFC Lightweight champion.

#3 – Three in a row

Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, and Donald Cerrone. Those three high profile victories are more than enough to earn a title shot. In fact, Gilbert Melendez’s resume is not as impressive, and he still gets the nod in this so-called title shot rat race.

#4 – Benson Henderson

Unfinished business. Plain and simple. Ben Henderson knows he has something to prove against Anthony Pettis after “Showtime” dominated him back in 2010. Henderson is now the UFC Lightweight champ, and without a doubt one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, but he still has to avenge that loss. More than anything, fighting Pettis would earn Henderson that ‘undisputed’ status.

#5 – Showtime

Anthony Pettis is bar none the most exciting fighter at 155. Showtime kick, cartwheel kick, knee off the fence… and the list goes on. I’m not saying Gilbert Melendez is not an exciting fighter, it’s just that Pettis is so unpredictable and so unorthodox, it would be simply thrilling to see him on the highest stage of them all.


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    January 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    aldo vs pettis would be amazing!

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    January 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    When did this domination occur, exactly? That fight was pretty even. It got swayed by the flashiness of the "showtime" kick, and that's all.

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    Evan Holober

    January 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    It wasn't domination, but it was a clear Pettis victory even before the Showtime kick. Ben only won one round clearly, and you have to really give him the benefit of the doubt to give him a second.

    I had it 4-1, and had the 5th 10-8. Pettis beat him in basically every facet of the fight.

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      January 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

      There was no 10-8 round. I agree with the decision for Pettis but it was nail bitingly close. The closest to a finish was when Ben had Pettis back going for a sunken rear naked. I predict either Pettis gets a KO or he loses the next fight.

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    January 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Pettis was another victim of the judging criteria, he deserves that tittle shot is plain and simple, Melendez should fight the winner of Pettis vs Bendo not the other way arround

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    January 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Pettis is good, but a little to fancy. All it takes is one mistake and your done, and I see him taking those shots/chances way too often. Just like any sport basics are king. Sure it's cool to see new stuff, but his a real risk taker. Benson has improved and so has pettis, but I believe this rematch will come out way different. Benson has risen to the top in two different organizations and has improved a lot. Benson will make sure to bring it next rematch. Benson for the win.

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    January 30, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Pettis is by far the best suited challenger. Melendez and Alvarez should fight each other and the winner should get Diaz or Miller. Pettis vs Henderson should already be booked. Cerrone can go wake board or whatever the fuck he wants to do. I don't really know what to say about the top lightweights anymore, after Bendo, Pettis, Diaz, Maynard, MIller it kind of drops off quite a bit when you start talking about , Melvin guillards, Joe Lauzon, Sam Stout, Mark Bocek and now Donald Cerrone.. All good fighters but not title contenders. Edson Barboza has started to look like a possible contender but he hasn't been tested yet.

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    January 30, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Hasn't proved it yet ^ @ Barboza

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    January 30, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I think Pettis should get the shot before Melendez for sure.

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Bendo and Pettis was dead even until the showtime kick; there was no dominance on either side.

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    January 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Bendo gonna take a long look at the Guida fight because as good as Pettis is he is vulnerable to a lay and pray master.

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    January 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    War Pettis… Mr. Ben Henderson better start kissing that belt good bye. Shine it up real nice for him… Showtime is coming for it.. And Gilbert Melendez better be training super hard also… It won't be an easy fight for him against Henderson

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