Anthony Pettis (14-2) vs. Joe Lauzon (21-6)
The last reigning WEC lightweight champion has yet to realize his full potential in the UFC, but that could be poised to change as the style of his opponent Saturday night will translate into a thrilling offering to kick off the pay-per-view card.
Pettis, 25, one of the lightweight division's brightest prospects, is coming off a split-decision win over Jeremy Stephens in his sophomore UFC outing this past October.
The Duke Roufus-trained kickboxing specialist, also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt, rebounded from a frustrating performance against Clay Guida in his UFC debut last June, a bout he lost by unanimous decision.
Prior to entering the UFC, Pettis was on a tear, finishing quality foes like Danny Castillo and Shane Roller before outpointing UFC 144 headliner and current No. 1 contender Benson Henderson to capture the WEC lightweight title.
A third-degree taekwondo black belt, Pettis possesses one of the most exciting styl...