It was announced on UFC Tonight Tuesday evening that former WEC champion Anthony Pettis will undergo surgery and be out for around eight weeks. Pettis, who was rumored to be a possible opponent for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, will remain in the lightweight division.
“To bring you up to speed, Mr. Pettis is going to go in for some surgery – he’s going to be out for about eight weeks,” reported Chael Sonnen on the show (thanks to MMAMania.com for transcribing). “He’s going to make a comeback and it will be at 155 (pounds).”
Pettis is coming off a victory over Joe Lauzon that seemed to vault him right into the No. 1 contender spot in the lightweight division. However, Frankie Edgar dropped his title to Benson Henderson that same night, and, after some talking, it was decided “The Answer” would receive a rematch.
“Showtime’s” position in the division remains unclear, as it has also been reported that the winner of Nate Diaz-Jim Miller in May will receive the next shot at the UFC lightweight belt. That has yet to be made official, however, by anyone with the fight promotion.