Fresh off the fourteenth win of his career, a Unanimous Decision over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136, 24-year old Anthony Pettis is already looking ahead to who he might face next as he works his way back to a title-shot he had in his grasp before circumstances out of his control dictated otherwise.

The former WEC lightweight champ was lined up to face Frankie Edgar earlier this year after the UFC absorbed World Extreme Cagefighting but saw his opportunity get pushed to the side after Gray Maynard fought to a Draw against Edgar at UFC 125. Rather than wait, Pettis agreed to face Clay Guida in June and suffered a decision defeat in the bout.

In a recent conversation with CageFanatic Pettis talked about his future and specifically mentioned an interest in Joe Lauzon.

“I have no idea who my next opponent is but anybody in the top five. I’m going for that title shot, that title shot run, so anybody who’s a top five guy, I’m ready for them,” Pettis explained. “Lauzon just beat Melvin Guillard, I think that would be a great fight for me.”

Lauzon’s win over Guillard came after he dropped “The Young Assassin” early before tapping him out earlier this month in Houston. He holds an overall record of 21-6 including past wins over Stephens, Jens Pulver, and Mike Brown.


MMATraining Take: This would be an excellent match-up and one I’d definitely like to see. Pettis and Lauzon are two of the light division’s best young fighters. Both possess well-rounded attacks with an edge to “Showtime” in stand-up and the same being true in regards to Lauzon’s grappling. It also makes perfect sense from a standings standpoint. Truly, this is a “gimme” match to make for the UFC.