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Sergio Pettis is sure not messing around.

Fellow flyweight Henry Cejudo (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had barely cooled off from his assertive UFC 215 display over Wilson Reis when Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), fresh off a big win of his own, took to Instagram to issue a polite but clear callout to the ex-title-challenger.

“Congrats Henry Cejudo on the performance,” Pettis posted on Saturday. “I recall you saying you owe me for the last time we were scheduled. Detroit (UFC 218) in December?”

As Pettis said, the two were set to meet before, but a hand injury forced Cejudo to withdraw from last May’s UFC 211 during fight week. Since then, Pettis has added a fourth win to his current streak with a UFC Fight Night 114 decision over Brandon Moreno. Cejudo, in turn, snapped a two-fight skid with his second-round knockout of Reis.

Pettis had also taken other opportunities to make it known – albeit less kindly – that his interest in Cejudo stands.

It’s convenient, then, that Cejudo is also interested in the matchup. While he did express his desire for another stab at champ Demetrious Johnson, who knocked him out at UFC 197 in April 2016, the Olympic champ also knows that’s probably not next in the cards for him.

In comes Pettis.

“I like that fight,” Cejudo said at the post-fight conference. “I know he’s one guy that wants me, and so do I. I’ve just got to sit down with my team. I don’t make decisions on my own, but absolutely, I want to fight the best guys out there.”

Of course, we know better than trusting matchups to happen before both players are in the cage. But, all in all, it seems like the UFC matchmakers are not going to have a problem with this one.

For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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