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Report: Anthony Pettis Makes UFC Debut Against Clay Guida

Written by Tom Ngo
January 10th, 2011
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Heavy.com is reporting WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will make his big league debut against Clay Guida at either UFC 130 or UFC 131.

Pettis was slated to unify the 155-pound crown against the victor of the UFC 125 title bout between Gray Maynard and UFC title holder Frankie Edgar. Unfortunately for “Showtime,” he sat front and center inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and watched the studs battle to a highly controversial draw.

Octagon president Dana White originally said he’d stick to the plan and pit Pettis against the Jersey boy in order to anoint one king. However, the promoter flipped the script just hours after the New Year’s Day scrap and claimed he’d move forward with ‘Edgar vs. Maynard III.’

The report did not mention if the bout would have anything to do with the WEC crown. It’s likely Pettis and Guida would dance in a non-title tango, with the winner advancing to challenge whoever reigns supreme in the Edgar/Maynard trilogy. If that’s the case, the belt from the blue cage would seemingly be worthless if Pettis loses to “The Carpenter.”

Guida is perfect through his last three contests and submitted Japanese star Takanori Gomi on 1/1/2011. Pettis earned his hardware by unleashing the kick heard ’round the world on Ben Henderson at WEC 53.

UFC 130 is rumored for May 28th in Nevada, while UFC 131 is expected to take place in Vancouver on June 11th. Neither of the shows have been confirmed by the organization.

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