Quick Quote: Anthony Pettis was tapped to replace Frankie Edgar at UFC 130Posted on May 9, 2011, 09:56 PM by Joey Santosus
"They were going to have me fight Maynard on that card. I said yes to that deal right away. I guess it turns out that it’s not going to happen. I’m back to fighting Guida. It sucks that he got injured, because it kinda puts the whole lightweight division back on standstill. - Heavy.com
It appears that top Lightweight contender Gray Maynard nearly got a chance to follow-up on his earlier remarks, suggesting that Anthony Pettis was nothing more than "one kick." According to "Showtime," he was approached and agreed to face Maynard in the main event of UFC 130 when division Champion Frankie Edgar was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury. Unfortunately, just days later it was revealed that Maynard had damaged his knee and would also have to pull out of the bout, putting Pettis back on course to face Clay Guida in the TUF 13 headliner.
Pettis was originally expected to challenge the winner of January's Edgar-Maynard II in a bout that would unify the UFC and WEC Lightweight titles. In a rare turn of events, however, a winner failed to emerge from the UFC 125 match-up, setting up a third encounter between the two and leaving Pettis to wait in the wings. Eager to make his promotional debut though, the Roufusport product accepted the fight with Guida, a decision that has evidently paid off in light of the delay of Edgar-Maynard III.