Report: Anthony Pettis Says Gilbert Melendez Fight set for Dec. 6th, Weighs in on Recent Criticism
By FCF Staff
While it’s been known for some time now that Anthony Pettis will defend the lightweight title versus Gilbert Melendez at the end of 2014, the UFC champ has confirmed the date.
According to Pettis, he will battle his opposing, “Ultimate Fighter” coach on December 6th. The fighter revealed the date while appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour.”
The upcoming bout will reportedly take place in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, Pettis did not disclose the venue.
Pettis also weighed in on the criticism he’s received from certain fighters and observers, regarding the fact he’s fought only twice since 2012. The highlight reel striker relayed (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It does get under my skin at times,” Pettis said. “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.”
“Showtime” took the lightweight title from Henderson last August, by tapping out the former champ with a first round, armbar. Pettis has not fought since due to a knee injury.
Melendez and Pettis are currently coaching on the set of TUF 20, which will feature women strawweight competitors.