After the rematch between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar was announced for this summer, top contender Anthony Pettis has decided to go under the knife as opposed to enter the cage for his next move. Pettis is expected to undergo an undisclosed surgery which will sideline the former WEC champion for two to three months.
Pettis (15-2) defeated Joe Lauzon via first round knockout at UFC 144 in February. He was hoping that was enough to earn a title shot against whomever came out the victor in the main event between Henderson and Edgar. Unfortunately for Pettis, due to the close matchup, a rematch between Henderson and Edgar was made.
Pettis already owns a win over the current UFC champion, defeating Henderson in the final WEC event at WEC 53 in December 2010. He was promised a title shot against the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at UFC 125. But, again, due to the close match (which was scored a draw), an immediate rematch was made. He then went on to lose his UFC debut against Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 Finale in June.
While rumors of a possible drop to featherweight and a title shot against champion Jose Also were discussed, Pettis will remain at lightweight and likely will return some time later this summer.