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It's happened before fight fans, more than once. And much to "Showtime's" dismay, it can happen again.
Anthony Pettis recently established himself as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender by pulverizing the liver of Donald Cerrone (watch it here) at the UFC on FOX 6 event held last Saturday night (Jan. 26, 2013) at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Now, he awaits the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez.
That's assuming "Smooth" can finish off "El Nino" at UFC on FOX 7 and retain his 155-pound strap. Or, perhaps the former Strikeforce kingpin will bring an end to the contest and leave the HP Pavilion in San Jose with a new belt to add to his collection.
Pettis tells Sherdog's "Beatdown" radio he doesn't care who wins, as long as it's decisive:
"Honestly, I don't care [who wins] as long as we don't have a decision that's close. Somebody finish the fight so we'll have a champ that I can fight. At this point, the belt's been avoiding me. I'm tired of chasing after it. I'm tired of waiting and putting my career on hold. I just turned 26. I think I'm going to be entering my prime here in the next couple of years. I want to take full advantage of that. ... I just want to make sure that it's official and no matter what happens [between Henderson and Melendez] -- a draw, a close decision, no one's going to cry about the decision -- that I'm next no matter what."
Six of the last seven title fights in the UFC lightweight division have all resulted in immediate rematches (Edgar vs. Penn, Edgar vs. Maynard, Edgar vs. Henderson). "Showtime" was already victimized by the "Bully" fiasco in early 2011 and doesn't want the same thing to happen between Henderson and Melendez on April 20.
Anyone think we establish a clear-cut winner for Pettis to get his hands on?