As soon as UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson was booked for a rematch with Frankie Edgar, fans began speculating on what would be next for Anthony Pettis. While the rising contender was linked to a possible drop to featherweight to fight Jose Aldo, as well as teased as an opponent for Strikeforce title-holder Gilbert Melendez, it looks like neither will occur based on Pettis’ need for surgery to correct an undisclosed issue.

The 25-year old’s status was revealed on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight where it was said he’ll be out for approximately two months before being ready to fight again.

If there is a silver lining to the situation it may be the period of time allowing for the 155-pound division to sort itself out some with bouts between Henderson-Edgar, Jim Miller-Nate Diaz, and Clay Guida-Gray Maynard all expected to take place in the summer.

Pettis worked his way into discussion for a title-shot, or at least #1 contenders’ bout, by knocking out Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 to build off his outpointing Jeremy Stephens a few months earlier. “Showtime” also holds a memorable win over champion Henderson from their days in WEC.


MMATraining Take: It’s a shame that fans won’t get to see Pettis in action for awhile. He’s one of the most enjoyable, entertaining fighters in MMA and also a great guy outside of the cage with maturity far beyond his years. Hopefully his surgery/rehab will go smoothly and so fans can see him back in action ASAP.