UFC “Talking” About Anthony Pettis vs. Clay Guida, Not a Done Deal Yet

January 11, 2011
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Signs are pointing towards a lightweight match-up between Anthony Pettis and Clay Guida taking place at one of several potential events later this year, according to UFC president Dana White.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, White stopped short of confirming the bout between Pettis and Guida, but said it’s something they have discussed.

“It’s not a done deal, but that’s the fight we’re talking about,” White said.

Heavy.com first reported the potential match-up. Sources close to the situation indicated to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday that the fight is one that’s been talked about, but much like White said, it’s not done just yet.

The date for the fight has been speculated to take place at several shows, but according to sources, if Pettis vs. Guida does become official, it could happen as far out as UFC 131 rumored for Vancouver.

MMAWeekly.com first reported the news that Pettis didn’t plan on sitting out and waiting for the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard last week.

“Anthony was obviously disappointed in not getting the title shot, but he also understands why Dana made that decision,” Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts told MMAWeekly.com. “After consulting with Anthony and Duke Roufus, we collectively decided that it would be in Anthony’s best interest to take a fight in the meantime.

“A 10-month or possible year layoff was just too long. We believe with a win against a top lightweight contender Anthony will still get the title shot later in the year.”

Former title contender Kenny Florian has also asked for the fight with Pettis, but it appears as of now that Guida is the leading candidate to welcome the last ever WEC lightweight champion to the Octagon.

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  • mma24069

    this is gonna be top 5 best fights of 2011 if not the best i can already say that.

  • I totally agree this is a great fight. Clay is really stepping his game up in a real pro fighter way towards getting the belt. Pettis won his belt in a no questions asked crazy finish. You would be not be a MMA fan if you miss this fight.

  • martina68

    I don’t see why they would give this fight to Guida. He is not a top 5 LW and he is best suited for a gatekeeper role. Pettis is the WEC champion and deserves a better matchup than this.

  • fswa

    Guida always does a few good fights but doesn’t get a title shot. He has one of the best fan bases in MMA. I think he deserves a title shot if he wins against the WEC champ.

  • mma24069

    really hes not a top 5 lightweight..who should the fight go to then George Sotiropoulos, Jim miller. neither of them have what it takes to beat guida, or be a champ. mb kenny florian but. he looked like shit against maynard. guida is the best match up for pettis. thats why it is the match up.