UFC Quick Quote: Anthony Pettis wants number one contender fight against Nate Diaz

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"Let's do it. Nate Diaz thinks he's the number one contender, I think I'm the number one contender. Let's figure out who the real number one contender is -- we've got time to do it. I haven't heard nothing yet (about my next fight), but I think I have a clear path decided right now.... I'll make sure I'm ready to fight around September. I haven't had a clear shot to the UFC title until now, so I'm going to take advantage of this.... I think I match up great with (Nate). I think that Carlos Condit showed the blue print on how to beat these guys and I think my style of striking is just like his. So, it's going to be a tough fight. I'm not saying it's going to be easy at all, but I think my style is a great match up for him."

-- Who's the real number one contender at 155-pounds? Anthony Pettis tells FUEL TV that he should be next in line for a title shot against the winner of the upcoming Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar rematch, which is scheduled to go down later this year. Nate Diaz believes he should be given the title shot after he submitted Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on FOX 3 last night (Sat., May 5, 2012) at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Pettis' line of thinking -- and it's difficult to argue against -- is that he and Diaz should just fight in September, which is roughly around the time Henderson and Edgar will hook 'em up again, and the winners of those respective match-ups meet late this year or early next year. Seems simple enough. Except UFC President Dana White has already promised Diaz the next crack at the 155-pound crown and apparently the Stockton slugger is going to wait instead of risk his standing in the division. It's hard to blame him but equally as difficult not to salivate at the thought of a Pettis vs. Diaz bout. You Maniacs like the sound of that fight? Or is Diaz's current plan to wait the right thing to do?

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