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Anthony Pettis Will Have To Get Past Clay Guida To Keep UFC Title Shot (Update)

Anthony Pettis didn’t want to wait for a third fight between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard to play out before he fought again, and it looks like he won’t have to. Heavy.com is reporting that Pettis will take on lightweight wildman Clay Guida at either UFC 130 on Memorial Day weekend in Vegas or UFC 131 on June 11 in Vancouver.

A lightweight bout between Clay Guida and final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is being targeted for UFC 130 or UFC 131.

Sources close the bout informed Heavy.com of the news on Monday night.

Guida got the fight, but another high-profile lightweight really wanted to fight Pettis. Here’s Kenny Florian trying to sneak past Guida into a number one contender’s bout against Pettis.

“I think if he wants to establish himself as a top lightweight, I think I’ve done a lot more than a lot of the guys out there,” said Florian, who beat Guida by rear naked choke in Dec. 2009. “Gray Maynard beat me, obviously, but I still think I’m the third guy in the division. What better way to get to the top than a win over me?

“I think with me, you’re going to get an exciting fight everywhere,” Florian continued. “Clay, you pretty much know just his style, he’s going to try to ground-and-pound and use his wrestling to defeat Pettis. I’m going to do it on the feet, on the ground, all over the octagon at a high level, whatever it takes. It’s going to be an exciting fight everywhere, a little bit more unpredictable.”

Either way, everyone’s going to be watching Anthony Pettis when he makes his UFC debut. He pulled off some incredible stuff in the WEC, but can he do it against tougher competition in the UFC? Can’t wait to find out.

Update: Dana White said on the conference call today that this fight isn’t a “done deal” but it is under consideration.

“It’s not a done deal, but that’s the fight we’re talking about,” said White, who did not specify when or where the bout might take place.

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