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Surgery Up Next For Anthony Pettis, Not A Move To Featherweight

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 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.