UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had an opportunity to become the first mixed martial artist to grace the cover of a Wheaties box.
The next athlete on the Wheaties cover was named after the Wheaties NEXT Challenge.
Votes were logged when the voters would log-in to MapMyFitness.com and log their workouts each day. Every workout counted as a vote towards the athlete and on Monday it was announced that Anthony Pettis was the winner.
Pettis beat out motocross athlete Ryan Dungey of Belle Plaine, Minn., para-athlete Blake Leeper of in Knoxville, Tenn., lacrosse athlete Rob Pannell of Smithtown, N.Y. and women’s socer player Christen Press of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Pettis was happy to announce he was the winner in what was a monumental moment for the sport of mixed martial arts as it continues to get recognition in the mainstream.
Congratulations to the UFC lightweight champion.
Pettis returns to the cage on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada where he will be defending his title against top challenger and fellow coach of The Ultimate Fighter, Gilbert Melendez.