Anthony Pettis was a lock to compete for the UFC lightweight title upon entering the promotion after WEC‘s roster was folded into its sister-promotion by Zuffa. However, a decision loss to Clay Guida knocked “Showtime” down the ladder, though since that contest Pettis has rebounded to defeat Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon to re-position himself nicely in the division.
Recent shoulder surgery has left the former WEC champion sitting on the sidelines, but he has a perfect idea for his return - a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Donald Cerrone.
Rumors of Pettis being positioned to coach on the show opposite Cerrone were brought to the forefront based on some comments by Pettis himself to MMAjunkie.com.
“It’s been mentioned by my management,” explained Pettis. “They said it’s not necessarily in the works but is more of a rumor. But for me, it’s a great opportunity. If it does happen, I’m definitely going to go for it.”
As for his progress in rehabbing the shoulder, Pettis mentioned being ready to return to action in either October or November.
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MMATraining Take: Cerrone vs. Pettis would be a fantastic fight! Both men are well-rounded and come to scrap. Definitely a “Fight of the Night”-type bout. As far as TUF goes, neither would make sense as a coach since the show is struggling to secure solid ratings and they aren’t big enough stars to merit that sort of interest from the mainstream public.