From the way Donald Cerrone has called out Anthony Pettis for the past several months, you would think the former WEC stars had some sort of beef.
However, as far as Cerrone is concerned, Pettis just happens to be the next guy standing in his way to a potential UFC lightweight title shot.
Cerrone and Pettis will meet January 26 at UFC on Fox 6 as part of the main card from Chicago.
“It’s nothing personal towards Anthony,” said Cerrone, during a recent interview with the UFC. “I’m not picking him out of a big group of guys. He’s just the next guy in line to get to that title. I’m going to go after him.”
Cerrone (19-4-1) has won six of his last seven, with the lone loss coming to Nate Diaz in late 2011. Pettis, meanwhile is 15-2 and 2-1 with the UFC, but missed the better part of the past year with an injury after defeating Joe Lauzon.
While nothing has been confirmed, and the impending arrival of Gilbert Melendez could cloud the division, the winner of Cerrone-Pettis has been mentioned for the next title shot.