There had been talk of Anthony Pettis becoming the next challenger to UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s reign atop the division. While Pettis shied away from that talk, saying his focus would be on 155 pounds, it looks like the 25-year old won’t be fighting anyone in any division for awhile.
On this week’s episode of UFC Tonight it was reported that “Showtime” will have to have surgery to correct some undisclosed issues and will remain in the lightweight division upon his return later this spring or summer.
Pettis appeared to be at the front of the line in determining the next contender to the lightweight title before Frankie Edgar was given an immediate rematch against Benson Henderson, leaving Pettis on the outside looking in.
When he returns there’s no doubt Pettis will be back on the hunt for a title-shot as a former WEC champion having defeated Henderson for the company’s belt during their run in the promotion. Instead of waiting for a match with the then-busy Edgar upon his arrival in the UFC, he took a bout with Clay Guida, losing via decision but rebounding to defeat Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon in subsequent showings.
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