UFC lightweight top contender Gray Maynard recently shared his thoughts on the emergence of WEC champ Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately for “Showtime” fans, it appears Maynard isn’t quite ready to hop aboard Pettis’ overcrowded bandwagon just yet.
“Let’s look at who he’s fought. Ben Henderson is the best name … But for me, [I look at guys like Jim] Miller, [Gilbert] Melendez and all of these guys who have been on the [expletive] grind, fighting the best competition for the past few years, Maynard told MMAFA.
“Who have you fought? I don’t care about how good you looked when you fought a scrub. That doesn’t matter. If a guy isn’t good then you’re supposed to look good. And for me, [Pettis] has fought one good guy in Ben, and he isn’t proven yet. He’s tough as hell, but we’ll see.”
Although Pettis has his plate full with preparing to face Clay Guida at “The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,” he was more than happy to share his thoughts on Maynard’s recent remarks.
“I feel bad for them guys in the WEC. He’s downgrading all the WEC fighters, which are doing very well in the UFC,” Pettis told Heavy. “So if I’m fighting scrubs, his peers are getting beat by scrubs I’ve been fighting.”
Since unleashing the kick heard ‘round the world at WEC 53 this past December, Pettis has seen his stock skyrocket faster than any other fighter this side of Jon Jones. The 24-year-old believes his newfound fame may also be rubbing Maynard the wrong way.
“I feel that he might be a little jealous of my level of success so fast,” Pettis added. “I’m probably the most popular UFC fighter that’s never fought in the UFC yet.”
Maynard was slated to challenge UFC champ Frankie Edgar for his belt at the end of this month, but both 155-pounders were forced out with injuries last week. Their trilogy has been postponed for the time being.
“TUF 13 Finale” takes place inside the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Should he defeat Guida on June 4th, it’s believed Pettis would get first dibs at the ‘Edgar vs. Maynard III’ victor.