Anthony Pettis made 2010 his year.
Pettis won four out of four fights last year, earning Knockout of the Night honors against Danny Castillo, Submission of the Night honors against Shane Roller, and Fight of the Night honors and the final WEC lightweight championship against Ben Henderson.
The win over Henderson also came with a shot at the winner of the UFC 125 showdown between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard. Only… nobody won.
Maynard had Edgar on the brink in the opening round, but the champ dug deep and fought his way back to a Fight of the Night draw. The result scored Edgar and Maynard $60,000 bonuses and a return engagement, likely at UFC 130 in May, but it also sidelined Pettis’ shot at the title.
Instead of waiting in the wings, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Pettis is in talks to possibly face Clay Guida sometime this spring.
Pettis has taken it all in stride, not wasting time wallowing over the delay in a title shot.
The UFC on Wednesday announced an addition to the 23-year-old’s accolades. Pettis will receive an official proclamation from his hometown of Milwaukee on Thursday. The city’s mayor, Tom Barrett, will present Pettis with the proclamation.
“This is an amazing feeling,” Pettis said. “It’s been a crazy year. I’ve won a world title, been featured on MTV and SportsCenter and threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game. I never imagined myself being in this position. I’m really thankful that Mayor Tom Barrett and the city of Milwaukee have chosen to honor me. Milwaukee means so much to me and I’m proud to represent it every time I compete.”