Anthony Pettis injured, replaced by Chan Sung Jung in featherweight title-fight

Anthony Pettis injured, replaced by Chan Sung Jung in featherweight title-fight

One of the summer’s most anticipated scraps has been laid to waste, as UFC lightweight-turned-featherweight Anthony Pettis was forced to withdraw from his August 3 tilt with champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 after suffering a knee injury while training. As a result of his removal, Chan Sung Jung has gotten the nod to step in as a replacement.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the disappointing news earlier today on Twitter. No details were provided on the severity of Pettis’ affliction. A replacement for Jung will be found for his previously scheduled showdown with Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162.

The 13-3 Jung is on a three-fight winning streak including wins over Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier. Eleven of his victories have featured some form of finish.

Aldo holds an overall record of 22-1 and is 12-0 since signing with Zuffa. Among his notable victims are the likes of Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, and Frankie Edgar.

UPDATE: Pettis commented on the situation via Twitter, writing, “Injuries are part of the sport. Small tear in my meniscus. I was so ready for this fight, this won’t stop me! Be back soon.”

6 COMMENTS
  • Niv says:

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damn that is the one fight I’ve been really waiting for.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Agreed. Beyond disappointing.

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  • trupert says:

    Can Nik Lentz be ready by the beginning of July to fight R. Lamas?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Definitely sucks but Pettis shouldn’t have been dropping down anyway. So maybe this works out for the best…

    After Aldo beats Zombie he can move up to LW as previously planned… but now instead of the immediate title shot he negotiated as part of agreeing to fight Showtime, those two should square off at 155lbs for #1 contender status.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i like this fight more, just my opinion.
    but opinions are like arseholes, fuck them

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  • MCM says:

    What’s the over/under on Pettis going his entire career without Ever getting a chance to fight for the belt?

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