Posted by Bubbles
Pettis is a step down for Cerrone at this point in time, rankings wise. Pettis barely beat a top 20 in Stephens and another top 20 in Lauzon almost a year ago. Cerrone dismantled Stephens and beat boarderline top 10s in Guillard and Siver. 6-1 in the UFC >> 2-1 in the UFC. A loss to Guida is worse than a loss to Diaz. Cerrone should be fighting someone like Maynard (if he beats Lauzon), Jim Miller (although hes coming off a loss) or have him fight Alvarez if/when he signs.
If you want to build Pettis back up, give him someone like TJ Grant or Matt Wiman- a winnable fight over a credible opponent that will be exciting and put his name back into the casual fan's mind after a year absence. Pettis imo is no where near a title contention shot right now. Cerrone is a very tough opponent for his first fight back after a long layoff, and a potential Bendo/Pettis title rematch could very well be nixed.
This fight will be fireworks, but the Pettis hype train has already been derailed once...do you really want to risk it again?