We reported the news on Tuesday that UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will be defending his title for the third time when he takes on the final Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at the UFC on FOX 7 event in April.
UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani had reaction from UFC lightweight AnthonyPettis after hearing the news:
“Pettis is fired up. He’s not in favor of this decision, he told me yesterday. He’s been promised two title shots in the past, but he’s sick of talking about title shots. He’s not going to worry about it. He’ll take care of business against Donald Cerrone on January 26 and then he’ll worry about a title shot.”
Pettis is the last fighter to defeat current UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson which took place at the final WEC event in 2010. The victory made Pettis the final WEC lightweight champion prior to the merger of the WEC into the UFC. Pettis was told that he would receive a title shot upon his arrival in the UFC, but that didn’t happen for whatever reason. Pettis then went on to lose his UFC debut against Clay Guida, but has rebounded to defeat Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon in his last two bouts. He’ll be taking on top 10 lightweight Donald Cerrone on the upcoming UFC on FOX 6 event in Chicago, and will have the opportunity to make a statement against a quality opponent.
Do you think Pettis would have deserved the next title shot with a win over Cerrone, or is the UFC right in booking the Henderson/Pettis bout?