UFC 143: Joe Lauzon vs Anthony Pettis possible for Super Bowl weekend fight card

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One hell of a lightweight battle is reportedly in the works, as Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis have verbally agreed to square off at UFC 143 on Feb. 4, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This according to a report from MMAWeekly.com, which has the following quotes from Lauzon:

"I'm always down for whatever the UFC wants. It sounds like that's a fight that's super exciting, so I'm all about it. I talked to Joe Silva, he's all about it, Pettis seems to be about it, I'm about it, so I'm sure it's going to happen. I don't know exactly when, I'm trying to get on the Super Bowl card. I think that would be awesome."

Using Lauzon to spruce up the Super Bowl weekend fight card is a grand idea. In 11 career fights inside the Octagon, "J-Lau" has walked away with nine bonus awards. Even his three UFC losses have been cushioned by "Fight of the Night" bonuses.

He's got a great opponent tailor made to bring home bonus number 10.

Anthony Pettis came to the UFC with a ton of hype, a WEC lightweight championship belt and a guaranteed title shot in hand.

Then he got pushed out of the way thanks to Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard part deux going to a draw before losing a hard fought decision in his Octagon debut against Clay Guida.

An even closer decision followed against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136, only this time Pettis came out on the other side with the victory.

And for his efforts, he's getting a shot against one of the most seasoned veterans of the lightweight division.

If these two want to win "Fight of the Night," they'll have to do so up against some seriously stiff competition. UFC 143 features Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre defending his title against Stockton bad boy Nick Diaz.

In the co-main event Carlos Condit will attempt to earn his shot at the winner of that fight by locking horns with former 170-pound title challenger Josh Koscheck.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this still-developing fight card.

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