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    Dana White: ?No doubt' UFC on FOX 6 winner Anthony Pettis gets the next UFC lightweight title shot - MMAmania.com



    Anthony Pettis knocked off fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Donald Cerrone on the main card of UFC on FOX 6: "Johnson vs. Dodson" and as a result had earned himself a lightweight title fight.

    Pettis will face the winner of Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez, who meet in the main event of UFC on FOX 7 on April 20, 2013, sometime later this year, according to comments from UFC President Dana White on the UFC on FOX 6 post-fight show on FUEL TV.

    Despite the fact this has been the third time White has promised "Showtime" a title shot in his short UFC career, White assures fans Pettis' shot will come to fruition this time around.

    "No doubt about it [Pettis will get the next title shot]," White told FUEL TV correspondent Ariel Helwani on the UFC on FOX 6 post-fight show. "Is anyone else not sold on him? I am now."
    Pettis defeated Cerrone by first-round KO, and in the process became the first man to finish "Cowboy" via strikes with the help of a precise liver kick.

    The 25-year-old will undoubtedly be happy to face either Henderson or Melendez, but the bigger fight of the two would certainly be a rematch with "Smooth," who Pettis defeated by unanimous decision in the final World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event back in December 2010.

    A Pettis vs. Henderson rematch would be a big fight for the lightweight division at this time, but of course nothing is set in stone unless the champion retains his belt against "El Nino."
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    WOOO! Atta boy Pettis! Hope he can stay healthy that whole time

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    I've always been a skeptic of Anthony. Not sure why exactly. Maybe it was what I perceived as flash over substance. His loss to Clay didn't help either. I just never envisioned him as "that guy" at the top of the division.

    And my love affair with Cerrone is well documented. I think he's an exceptionally talented fighter who just can't seem to get over that hurdle (Pettis, Diaz, Henderson). Maybe it's a mental thing with him, who knows?

    But with that said, Pettis looked fantastic tonight and definitely won me over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    I've always been a skeptic of Anthony. Not sure why exactly. Maybe it was what I perceived as flash over substance. His loss to Clay didn't help either. I just never envisioned him as "that guy" at the top of the division.

    And my love affair with Cerrone is well documented. I think he's an exceptionally talented fighter who just can't seem to get over that hurdle (Pettis, Diaz, Henderson). Maybe it's a mental thing with him, who knows?

    But with that said, Pettis looked fantastic tonight and definitely won me over.
    Don't get me wrong, I like Cowboy too. He's a great fighter, very entertaining, and usually seems like a cool guy. But the trash talk outta nowhere on this one made me wanna see Pettis whoop dat ass.

    Pettis is a beast though. I've been a fan since his WEC days, and then the World of Jenks episode really sealed it for me. I'm really hoping this title shot comes to fruition this time around.

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    Some guys need that extra motivation to fight ala Nate Diaz. Unfortunately that comes by way of trash talk. This is a fight after all. Trash talk goes a long with the territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Some guys need that extra motivation to fight ala Nate Diaz. Unfortunately that comes by way of trash talk. This is a fight after all. Trash talk goes a long with the territory.
    Oh no doubt man, I get it. But Cowboy ain't always a trash talker. It was understandable with Varner and Nate because there was legitimate bad blood. This was just Cowboy callin Pettis a bitch kinda outta the blue.

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    So, Gilbert isn't getting and immediate title shot then? I'm ok with that. Pettis looked really good tonight. I think he's finally earned his title shot.

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    Considering this is the 3rd time Pettis has heard this, I wouldnt put a lot of stock in it til the fight is booked. After all, Bisping might discredit his win over a "fat" cerrone, or one of the diaz bros may say something unflattering...

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