Though Pettis has shed the dark cloud hovering over his career, at least for the most part, “Showtime” has dealt with a ton of disappointment over the past few years. The 26-year old was set to receive a title-shot upon entering the UFC after winning WEC’s belt but saw the opportunity shelved when then-champ Frankie Edgar fought to a draw with Gray Maynard. Pettis ended up accepting a clash with Clay Guida and failed to stymie the seasoned grappler’s takedown attempts, losing on the scorecards as a result. He also lost out on a featherweight title-shot after banging up his knee a month out from the match-up. In truth, he’s seen lots of time on the sidelines for health-related reasons, and even he’s currently out with a knee injury sustained in his successful showing against Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
With the calendar reading Friday the 13th it seems logical to look at a few UFC fighters who have dealt with their share of bad luck in the Octagon. In some cases, injuries have ravaged otherwise brilliant careers. In others, fate dictated a disappointing defeat or questionable judging brought down hopes of a title-shot. In all, the involved athletes simply couldn’t catch a break…unless it involved a bone, of course. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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