“Ricardo Lamas is the one who deserves this fight, since he beat Erik Koch, who was once the #1 contender. He earned that right after that victory. Cub Swanson is another name who’s on a upswing. They’re athletes of this division, who have been fighting for a long time for a chance at the belt, which never comes due to the fact that the UFC chooses fighters from the lightweight division.“
Regarding the Pettis fight:
“There’s no done deal, nobody has signed anything. We’re waiting what’s best for us. I haven’t talked to Dedé (André Pederneiras, his coach and manager) so I don’t know what the situation is. It’s a great fight that everybody wants to see, but I have to talk to Dedé first.”
If he agrees with the UFC putting Edgar and now Pettis as his opponents, as if they are jumping the queue:
“No. The UFC created a ranking to avoid that, but, as of now, it is useless, because they are picking guys from other divisions. That’s only happening in my weight class, I don’t see it happening in other ones. Everybody talks about superfights, but they never happen in other divisions. We have to sit with the UFC to find a solution for this case. Why don’t they put Anderson Silva against whoever people have been waiting to see for all those years? I don’t know if there’s a reason for that, but it doesn’t matter. The one who wants to be a champion must not pick opponents or places. We have to be ready to fight at anytime and that’s what I do. If the UFC wants a superfight, that’s fine with me. I’ll fight anyone, but, for the belt, it’s gotta be against Lamas or Swanson.”
If he believes the fight versus Pettis shouldn’t be for the belt:
“It shouldn’t be for the belt. How does a guy get a titleshot if he’s never fought at my weight class? It’s unfair to the others. I’m not speaking just for myself, because I’m the champion and I will fight anyone, but it’s unfair to the other fighters who are training, winning their fights and thinking about getting the belt. Meanwhile, here comes a guy from another division, ask for a shot and the UFC agrees.”
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