UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez have access to a national television audience for several weeks while serving as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 20” to promote their December 6 showdown.
However, it appears the two don’t think that’s enough time and exposure to sell their scrap. According to Melendez, Pettis suggested they manufacture a beef in order to generate hoopla for UFC 181.
Melendez struck the first social media blow by taking to his Instagram.
“Anthony Pettis told me we should sell the fight. Well how about this @showtimepettis I’m going to whoop your ass on Dec.6 and take the @ufc belt back to California where it belongs. #SkrapPack #teamMelendez #elniño #graciefighter #ajj #notsellingshit #truth #wolftickets #mybelt,” Melendez wrote accompanied with a picture of the UFC hardware.
Pettis quickly countered, reminding Melendez that he jumped the lightweight line for his crack at the crown.
“@GilbertMelendez u won’t make it out the 1st round!!! Your not even the number 1 contender Henderson is,” Pettis stated.
Yeah, about Henderson…
Some might view their rivalry as genuine, but not former champ Benson Henderson (pictured). “Bendo” saw right through them like a flawless GIA certified diamond.
“Ha! Faking butt fighters trying to ‘sell’ fights…#UFC #TheOnceAndFutureKing #MMA,” Henderson chimed in along with an image that read “Confidence is silent. Insecurities are loud.”
Henderson lost the title to Pettis at UFC 164, but is still ranked as the division’s top contender – one spot ahead of Melendez.
TUF 20 debuts on Fox Sports 1 on September 10. I guess fans can see then if Pettis and Melendez have any true hatred towards each other when the reality show begins airing.
Regardless, there will be no love lost when the cage door slams shut at UFC 181.