UFC lightweight recognized by his hometown
UFC brass announced on Wednesday that final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will receive an official proclamation from his hometown of Milwaukee during a ceremony on Thursday.
“This is an amazing feeling,” Pettis said. “It’s been a crazy year. I’ve won a world title, been featured on MTV and ‘SportsCenter’ and threw out the first pitch at the Milwaukee Brewers game. I never imagined myself being in this position. I’m really thankful that Mayor Tom Barrett and the city of Milwaukee have chosen to honor me. Milwaukee means so much to me and I’m proud to represent it every time I compete.”
Pettis, the winner of Heavy.com’s Breakthrough Fighter of the Year award, defeated Ben Henderson at WEC 53 to become the final WEC champion. He was scheduled to receive a title shot against the winner of the UFC 125 main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, but the fight ultimately ended in a draw. UFC President Dana White announced after the fight that Edgar and Maynard would have an immediate rematch, leaving Pettis out in the cold.
Pettis isn’t sitting on the sidelines, however. As Heavy.com first reported on Monday night, he’ll face popular lightweight Clay Guida at UFC 130 or 131.
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