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Report: UFC targeting Anthony Pettis vs Justin Gaethje lightweight fight for early 2019

UFC 229 Khabib v McGregor: Weigh-Ins Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to book a highly-intriguing Lightweight showdown between former division champion, Anthony Pettis, and hard-hitting slugger Justin Gaethje.

A bout that is expected to go down in the early stages of 2019.

Yes, please!

Pettis is coming off a technical knockout (TKO) loss (corner stoppage) to Tony Ferguson, which went down at UFC 229 a month ago in Las Vegas, Nevada. Indeed, ‘Showtime” suffered a broken hand during the back-and-forth brawl that saw both men shine. In the end, Anthony’s corner didn’t allow him to answer the third round bell due to his injury.

As for Gaethje, he recently broke his two-fight losing streak by obliterating James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 in 90 seconds (see it again here). Prior to that, “Highlight” had dropped back-to-back fights to Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez.

The winner of this potential slug-fest could make big strides in the championship hunt.

While a date and location has yet-to-be determined, the promotion does have two events planned for the month of January, as UFC’s debut on ESPN is set for January 19, 2019 while UFC 233 is locked-and loaded for January 26 in Anaheim, California.

Early predictions?

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