A pivotal lightweight showdown takes place this weekend for UFC on Fox between Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone. The feud between these two has been growing throughout the years, and it will finally come to a climax when they square off in hopes of being the next in line for a UFC lightweight title shot.
In the past, both of these fighters were among of the best lightweights under the WEC promotion. Each took on Ben Henderson for the championship, but it was Pettis who claimed victory and to become the last WEC lightweight champion of the world. In the fight, Pettis would land arguably one of the most dynamic kicks anyone has ever witnessed, running up on the cage and landing a sensational head kick. That kick that sent Henderson to the canvas, and is known as “The Showtime” kick.
Upon getting into the UFC, many felt he was going to get an immediate title fight. However, Pettis decided to fight Clay Guida instead of waiting, and suffered a unanimous decision loss. Now on a two-fight winning streak, he finally has a chance to capture a title shot if he can beat the always-dangerous Cerrone.
Unlike Pettis, Cerrone found instant success upon entering the UFC. He has racked up six wins, and has only lost once to Nate Diaz, who previously fought Ben Henderson for the lightweight belt. If Cerrone is able to get a win over Pettis, he puts his name into title contention. Cerrone is 19-4-1 in is fighting career, and has beat some quality opponents in Jeremy Stephens, Melvin Guillard, Jamie Varner, Paul Kelly, and Dennis Siver. Whether it is on the feet or on the ground, he can finish the fight quickly.
This fight should be one of the more exciting bouts on the UFC on FX card. Both are known for their exciting styles, and are relentless in terms of pushing the pace on their opponents. So who will come out the victor come Saturday night? Showtime or Cowboy? Stay tuned!