Mac Ramos, head trainer to current top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender, Ricardo Lamas, is not happy with the fact that Zuffa officials decided to award current No. 1 lightweight contender, Anthony Pettis, a title shot against 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo.
It's not that Ramos doesn't think "Showtime" is a great fighter, he just feels he didn't do anything to warrant a title shot in the 145-pound weight class, unlike Frankie Edgar, who was a champion in the UFC's 155-pound division before dropping down and getting his fight against ‘Scarface" at UFC 156.
Ramos spoke to Fight Hub TV to explain his beef:
"I think Pettis is a great fighter, you know. I think it is a smart business move, he sells tickets, puts butts in the seats and that's what it's all about as a business end. But to come into a weight class he has never competed in, challenge for a title because you don't to wait in a division he has been 'okay' in - I think it's not fair and undeserved but whatever - it's bullsh*t; I can see why Dana and them did it from a business move."
Ramos seems to think UFC President Dana White isn't too fond of Lamas and explains why he feels Pettis hasn't earned a title shot at 145 pounds:
"Most definitely because Edgar had already won a championship and defended it more than once. He had the right, he earned the ability to come down and challenge Jose. To me, Anthony Pettis has not. I respect Dana White and understand the decision he made and why he made it, its business and that will sell tickets. I don't know why though he does not like Lamas."
In all fairness, there was never a guarantee "The Bully" would earn a a crack at Aldo's throne with a victory over Erik Koch at UFC on FOX 6.
But, then again, you can also see why Team Lamas doesn't approve of the decision to award a title fight to a true 155-pound fighter, Pettis, over a person who has now won four straight in the featherweight division like Lamas.