The UFC really wanted to wrap up the UFC / WEC integration, so much so that they were going to have Frankie Edgar fight Anthony Pettis next instead of immediately rematching Gray Maynard. A few glances at his twitter account probably made Dana White think twice about that, and now it’s official: Frankie and Gray will fight again, leaving Pettis in a bit of limbo.
Lots of people are suggesting that sitting Pettis out until his shot would wreck the hype for his title shot and potentially derail his drive towards superstardom. You know, the same way Strikeforce blows half their roster’s momentum? So will Showtime fight again soon or will that matrix kick be the last we see of him for the next 7-8 months? Only Dana White and Joe Silva know for sure, but it’s not like Pettis doesn’t have a lot of shit going on:
He’s been training since the age of 5, when mom chose Tae Kwon Do classes over latchkey for him, and he now has been fighting professionally for nearly four years. He owns two Tae Kwon Do schools back home in Milwaukee, Wis., and he just started up an MMA-themed sports bar named “Showtime Sports.”
Pettis’ trainer, Duke Roufus, said today that the time off could be used for a training sabbatical in Arizona with former Olympic-wrestler-turned-fighter and current Bellator Fighting Championship titleholder Ben Askren.
“He’s not in a rush to go make money fighting; he’s in a rush to get better at fighting,” Roufus told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “So patience is definitely on Anthony’s side.”
Keep in mind the kid is 23 years old. I don’t remember what I was up to when I was 23, mainly because I was too busy binge drinking and sticking E up my butt. I suppose I have a damaged liver to show for it, but somehow that doesn’t seem as productive as a championship belt, two martial arts schools, and a bar.