Former WEC champion Anthony Pettis was forced to the hospital on Monday with a Staph infection in his elbow. News of the issue was first reported by Inside MMA.
Pettis, who is recovering from surgery to repair his shoulder, is not expected to face any serious effects from the infection, which is in the same arm as the surgery. “Showtime” is rumored to be lined up for a fight with Donald Cerrone in early 2013.
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal battled a potentially-deadly Staph infection. He has since returned to working out and is now a member of the Bellator and TNA Wrestling rosters.
Pettis last competed earlier this year, defeating Joe Lauzon. He won the WEC lightweight title from current UFC 155-pound champion Benson Henderson.