According to reports the UFC has is looking to book a lightweight title fight between reigning champion Anthony Pettis and number one contender Rafael dos Anjos for the main event of UFC 185 this March at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

The UFC would go to confirm the reports during the broadcast of UFC 182.

Pettis (18-2), also a former WEC lightweight champion, was last seen defending his 155-pound title with a second round submission over former Stikeforce, WEC and Dream champion Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of UFC 181 in December, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. This not only marked his first title defense but also extended his win streak to five, which includes four straight stoppages. Prior to this victory, fans saw ‘Showtime’ crowned the lightweight champion after pulling off a slick first round armbar victory over longtime rival and then champion Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC 164 in August 2013. He will enter this bout with a 15 stoppage wins, including eight by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 5-1

Dos Anjos (23-7), a Kings MMA product, will enter this fight having picked up wins in eight of his last bouts, including three straight. In his most recent outing, the Brazilian walked away with a dominant unanimous decision over Nat Diaz in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 13. Prior to this win, Dos Anjos earned up back-to-back knockout wins over Jason Hight and former champion Benson Hendreson. To date his last professional loss is a unanimous decision to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FOX 11 in April. He will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage wins, including eight by submission, and a UFC record of 12-5.

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