Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has booked Anthony Pettis for his second lightweight title defense against streaking division No. 1 contender Rafael dos Anjos, for the upcoming UFC 185 pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 14, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.
UFC on FOX announced the plans following an initial report by Front Row Brian.
Pettis (18-2) is fresh off a second-round submission win over former Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez, which took place at the UFC 181 event just last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that, "Showtime" spent more than a year on the sidelines rehabbing a surgically-repaired knee.
He promised to have a busy 2015 and he certainly looks to be off on the right foot.
Waiting for him is Dos Anjos (23-7), winner of three straight, who likely got the nod over Khabib Nurmagomedov -- who holds a win over the Brazilian -- because "The Eagle" is dealing with his own knee issues. Expect the Dagestani to be next in line for the UFC 185 main event winner.
Tickets for UFC 185 go on sale Friday, January 23.
No other bouts have been confirmed for the UFC 185 PPV event and a venue is still pending; however, we'll be sure to bring you those details just as soon as they're made available.