Change of Plans: Pettis the Unfortunate Victim of UFC 125 Draw
Well, no one saw this coming. After a dominating year that included the greatest kick in mixed martial arts history, poster boy Anthony "Showtime" Pettis will have to wait longer than expected for his shot at the UFC lightweight title after Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar battled to an unlikely draw on Saturday night.
Heading into yesterday's UFC 125 event, Pettis had been promised the next crack at whomever emerged victorious between Edgar and Maynard. However, a deserved draw was rendered by judges following the back-and-forth struggle for the lightweight strap.
After the bout ended on Saturday night, the UFC announced that Pettis was still to be the next in line for the still champion Edgar, but that was short-lived. UFC kingpin Dana White later unveiled that he had concluded that Maynard would once again get the next shot for the title.
With the change of direction, much is unknown as of right now about Pettis' immediate future. Realistically, the UFC will most likely have him sit out until Maynard and Edgar finally settle the score, but in the fight game nothing is certain.
It's extremely rare in the sports world to have three eventual losers from one outcome, but the tie between Maynard and Edgar has thrown a serious wrench in the 155-pound plans. Especially for the human highlight reel from Milwaukee.