According to MMAJunkie, WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will make his big league debut against Clay Guida on June 4th at “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.” The lightweights are expected to headline the Spike TV broadcast.
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.’
It’s likely the winner will advance to challenge whoever reigns supreme in the Edgar/Maynard trilogy. If that’s the case, the WEC title 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 1/1/11. The popular veteran owns an extensive 28-11 professional record.
Pettis earned his hardware by unleashing the kick heard ’round the world on Ben Henderson at WEC 53.
“The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale” is expected to take place inside The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.