Prior to his title defence against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181 last December, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis had completed a 15-month stay on the sidelines that kept him out of competition since 2013 when he originally won the title.
Having missed a significant portion of his tenure as champion in the UFC's most populated division, Pettis is adamant that he wants to compete three more times by December 2015.
"I want four fights this year, from December to December," Pettis said at the UFC 185 pre-fight open workout. "Hopefully we get another one in July, August, or September, and then end of December."
Pettis is scheduled to meet Rafael dos Anjos in his next octagon outing this Saturday in Dallas, Texas. Assuming things go as planned this weekend, Pettis expects to face the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 in May.
"I think that makes sense. Khabib's undefeated; Cerrone worked his way back up. I've already beaten Cerrone, so I'm looking forward to fighting Khabib."
The undefeated Dagestani also spent a significant portion of 2014 on the sidelines nursing a knee injury. He officially began his training camp on Monday. Give the bad blood between the two, Pettis is excited to potentially put an end to the Russian's win streak.
"Cerrone already talked and I settled that beef. Now I'll have to settle this one."