Duke Roufus, the main trainer for former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, believes his fighter will be able to compete this January. Rumors have Pettis taking on Donald Cerrone in a potential No. 1 contender match.
Pettis was forced to a hospital on Monday after developing a Staph infection in his elbow. However, it was later found that Pettis did not have Staph, and instead was diagnosed with cellulitis.
“He’s ready to bounce back. Hopefully the UFC still wants to book that fight,” said Roufus, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “(The issue) wasn’t from surgery (Pettis had shoulder surgery earlier this year). Sometimes things happen when you’re training at the gym.”
Pettis (15-2) has gone 2-1 since entering the UFC off a victory over current champion Benson Henderson. He and Cerrone (19-4-1) have had a lengthy verbal battle going on, with both pushing for the bout to be finalized.