Posted by Dberntson
The way things are going, does this mean if he beats Aldo, Clay Guida will be clamoring for a title shot as he was the last person to beat Pettis. I know we are all excited to see Guida fight again.
Yeah, I'd be sad about this as well, but the great thing is that it's extremely unlikely.
First off, Pettis has to get past Aldo. Huge challenge. The thing that makes it so compelling to me is that (barring an off-peak Cub Swanson) neither has faced a striker who can match each other's confidence and versatility and shotgun power. These guys are walking highlight reels, and they've built those against very good fighters - just ones who, to this point, haven't quite been able to match them on the feet.
Even if Pettis wins (which I give him an even chance, but just that), there are considerably more exciting fights and unanswered questions for him. Maybe he fights Bendo to win 2 belts back to back. Maybe Chad Mendes leapfrogs a contender with a strong win. Maybe Chan Sung Jung gets his well earned title shot, or Cub Swanson gets a chance for a little redemption.
The only things that Guida has going for him are flimsy and getting even weaker over time. His fanbase is reducing in both volume and passion, and the direction he's taken since fighting Pettis has been proportionally as unimpressive as Pettis's has been impressive.
Nothing's impossible, right, but as terrifying as the prospect is, I'm not sweating it overmuch. Yet.