Sergio Pettis halted the rise of Brandon Moreno last night in impressive fashion, but following the win, he’s not calling for a title shot.
Early on in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 114, it looked like Moreno might move to 4-0 in the Octagon, as he took Pettis down and controlled the action. But, Pettis defended Moreno’s choke attempts well, made it out of the round, and then dominated much of the fight with his striking.
Leading up to the event, Pettis had said he wasn’t “afraid” of flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, and that an impressive win would get him the title shot mix. But, following the card, Pettis had this to say about his next fight (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I’d like to fight again,” Pettis said. “I feel like me and Cejudo should go at it again.”
“He kind of pulled out two days before, and I want to still touch that face.”
If you recall, Cejudo and Pettis were supposed to fight earlier this year. Cejudo had to withdraw on short notice, however, due to a hand injury.
So, this callout from Pettis will likely surprise some folks. Although he didn’t finish Moreno, Pettis did defeat one of the division’s top, rising commodities, and in doing so, he moved his winning streak to four. Further, when you consider that Johnson has already defeated three of the top five ranked contenders, there’s not a lot of options for future opponents. So, Pettis is very likely, knocking on the title shot door.
This all assumes, however, that Johnson will get by Ray Borg on September 9th, when they fight at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta. The other man currently ranked in the top five that Johnson hasn’t faced yet is Jussier “Formiga”. But, he’s coming off a loss to Borg and isn’t inline for a title shot as a result.
Cejudo hasn’t fought yet in 2017; his last fight took place in December, 2016, and the decorated wrestler lost that fight via split decision. So, it will be interesting to see if the UFC wants to move forward with Cejudo – Pettis at this stage or not.