Anthony Pettis plots the course for three fights in 2015

BY foxsports • December 17, 2014

Following an injury riddled 2014 campaign, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is setting his sights on staying very busy with at least three fights next year.

The king at 155-pounds is fresh off his win over Gilbert Melendez at UFC 182 and Pettis is already champing at the bit to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible.

As a matter of fact, Pettis texted UFC president Dana White following UFC Fight Night on FOX last Saturday excited for the potential challenge of facing Rafael dos Anjos after he put on a one-sided performance to beat Nate Diaz in the co-main event.

Now according to Pettis' manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc, who spoke to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani this week, the lightweight champion wants to return as early as March or April with dos Anjos likely the next target on his radar.

The top contender in the division would likely be Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat dos Anjos earlier this year, but he's currently sidelined with a knee injury and according to his manager Ali Abdel-Aziz the Russian prospect probably won't be ready until at least May.

As it stands, Pettis' plan is to fight in March or April with another bout in July and then one more before the end of the year.

If everything shakes out alright, Nurmagomedov would be more than happy and ready to face Pettis in July. That's if he keeps the belt in his next title defense.

Abdel-Aziz told UFC Tonight that Nurmagomedov believes the UFC is protecting Pettis by keeping the champion away from him, but it's no matter because they also think dos Anjos will be a bad stylistic matchup for him as well.

Nurmagomedov is picking dos Anjos to beat Pettis, which would then set them up for a rematch in 2015.

No matter which direction it goes, the lightweight division is about to pick up in a big way next year following 2014 where the title only went up for grabs on one occasion.


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