Anthony Pettis: I'm going to be Champion, it's only a matter of timePosted on October 4, 2011, 10:45 PM by Trent Reinsmith
Anthony Pettis has been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride over the last 10 months. On December 16, 2010 he captured the WEC lightweight championship from Ben Henderson, punctuating the victory with a stunning off the cage head kick that has become known as the “Showtime Kick.”
Following that fight the WEC was absorbed by the UFC and Pettis was placed at the head of the line to fight for the UFC lightweight title. At the time, the plan was for Pettis to meet the winner of the January 1 bout between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and his challenger, Gray Maynard.
However there was a problem with that plan as the two fought to a draw and soon after they were scheduled for a rematch, leaving Pettis out in the cold.
Pettis then signed to fight Clay Guida, a fight he lost by unanimous decision. Even though the fight with Guida was only the second loss of his 15 fight career, in a division as stacked as the UFC lightweight division, one loss can drop a fighter a few rungs down the title shot ladder.
Pettis is fully aware of where he currently stands in the lightweight pecking order and when he meets Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136 on Saturday he is fully confident that it will be the first step toward him once again becoming a champion.
“My last outing in the UFC wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I got to kinda go in there and just reinvent my name. I want to get in there and remind people that I am a number one contender. I’m going to be champion, it’s only a matter of time.” – for more see BleacherReport.com.