UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis appeared on the MMA Hour and revealed when his title defense against Gilbert Melendez.
People overacting to him not defending his title over the past year: “It does get under my skin at times. Except when Ben Henderson is the one doing it, because I beat him twice. That’s what was supposed to happen. The UFC’s job is to make challengers, not champions. If the champion is dominant, everybody is watching him because they want to see him lose it at some point. Its interesting how the whole thing works. I can’t sit back and chuckle it off.”
Anthony Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) joined the UFC in 2011 and lost to Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision. He then went on to beat Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone and then for the belt, Benson Henderson.
“I gave the injury the right amount of time off, and I’m ready to be back in the Octagon. The TUF thing I something I couldn’t say no to. It’s one of those things that, it boosts my star power, I use it as the opportunity to train at other places.”
When will he fight Gilbert Melendez: “I just found it will be December 6th.”
Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a seven fight winning streak. He lost to Benson Henderson via split decision in April of 2013. He beat Diego Sanchez in October of 2013 via unanimous decision in a classic war to earn the title shot against Pettis.