by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A lightweight contender’s match-up has been added to the upcoming WEC card on August 18 in Las Vegas as knockout artist Anthony Pettis is set to square off against former All-American wrestler Shane Roller.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday, and was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Dominant in his last fight over Anthony Njokuani at the WEC pay-per-view, Shane Roller (8-2) is looking to make his bid at a shot to fight Ben Henderson for the lightweight title later this year. The former Oklahoma State wrestler has been on a tear winning his last three fights in a row, and a fight with Henderson would also bring a sense of redemption to the Las Vegas based fighter.
Henderson TKO’d Roller in 2009, which was his last loss as well.
Facing Roller in August will be striker extraordinare, Anthony Pettis (11-1) who showed off some of his ground credentials as well in his last fight, submitting Alex Karalexis in April.
A student of Duke Roufus, Pettis has been steadily climbing the ranks of the lightweight division, and also looks to get in line for a shot at Ben Henderson if he gets the win.
The bout between Pettis and Roller will be on the main televised card set for August 18, which will feature bantamweight title fight between champion Dominick Cruz and Joseph Benavidez.